Handbook of Psychiatric Drugs 2005 Edition
Lawrence J. Albers, MD Associate Clinical Professor Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine Rhoda K Hahn, MD Christopher Reist, MD Associate Professor and Vice Chair Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine
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Antidepressants Serotonin-Specific Reuptake Inhibitors I. Indications A. Serotonin-Specific Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most widely prescribed class of antidepressants. SSRIs have proven efficacy in the treatment of major depression, dysthymia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, bulimia nervosa, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia (social anxiety disorder). B. SSRIs are also effective in the treatment of bipolar depression and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. These agents have some efficacy in the treatment of pain syndromes, such as migraine headaches and chronic pain, but appear to be less effective than tricyclics. There is some evidence that they be effective in impulse control disorders. These agents have also been used to treat borderline personality disorder. II. Pharmacology A. SSRIs block serotonin reuptake into presynaptic nerve terminals, leading to enhanced serotonergic neurotransmission. B. The half-life for most of these agents is approximately 24 hours for the parent compound. Fluoxetine, however, has a half-life of 2-4 days, and the active metabolite of fluoxetine, norfluoxetine, has a 7- to 10-day half-life. Thus, fluoxetine requires over a month to reach steady-state plasma concentrations while the other SSRIs take approximately 5 days. C. With the exception of escitalopram and fluvoxamine, the SSRIs are highly bound to plasma proteins. SSRIs have significantly less effect on muscarinic, histaminic, and adrenergic receptors, compared to tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), and the SSRIs are better tolerated. III.Clinical Guidelines A. Dosage: SSRIs have the advantage of once-daily dosing. The dosage of fluoxetine, citalopram, and paroxetine is 20 mg per day; the dosage should be decreased to 10 mg per day in the elderly. The initial dose of escitalopram is 10 mg/day. Sertraline and fluvoxamine are dosed at 50 mg per day, but the dosage is decreased to 25 mg per day in elderly patients. There is no linear relationship between the SSRI dose and the response. For many patients, the dosage does not need to be increased. B. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Bulimia: Higher dosages of SSRIs, such as 60-80 mg of fluoxetine or 200-300 mg of sertraline, have been used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and bulimia. While high doses may be necessary in some patients, many patients will respond to standard dosing after 6-12 weeks. When greater than 40 mg a day of fluoxetine is given, the dosage should be divided into two doses to minimize side effects. C. Panic Disorder: Patients with panic disorder should be started at a low dosage to prevent increased anxiety in the initial weeks of treatment. Patients should start at 12.5- 25 mg of sertraline, 5-10 mg of paroxetine, 10-20 mg of citalopram, 5 mg of escitalopram, or 5 mg of fluoxetine. After 1-3 weeks, the dosage may be increased gradually to standard dosages. D. Response Time: SSRIs require 2-4 weeks to begin to alleviate symptoms of depression, and treatment should continue for 6-8 weeks before a patient is considered nonresponsive to treatment. E. Plasma Levels: There is no correlation between plasma concentrations of SSRIs and clinical efficacy. Measuring plasma levels is not clinically indicated. F. Safety: SSRIs are much safer in overdose than other antidepressants, such as TCAs or MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors). G. Suicidality: Beginning in 2003, regulatory agencies in the US and the UK began issuing concerns about antidepressant use in children and adolescents. IV. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Tolerability: SSRIs are better tolerated than TCAs or MAOIs. 1. Alpha-1 Blockade: SSRIs do not produce orthostatic hypotension because they do not block alpha-1-adrenergic receptors like tricyclic agents. 2. Histamine Blockade: SSRIs produce markedly less sedation or weight gain than TCAs or MAOIs because of minimal effect on histamine receptors. 3. Muscarinic Blockade: SSRIs usually do not cause dry mouth, constipation, blurred vision, or urinary retention because they have minimal effect on muscarinic cholinergic receptors. 4. Seizures: SSRIs have a seizure rate of approximately 0.2%, which is slightly lower than the rate for TCAs. B. Side Effects: The side effects of SSRIs are primarily mediated by their interaction with serotonergic neurotransmission: 1. Gastrointestinal effects, such as nausea and diarrhea, are the most common adverse reactions. Nausea usually improves after the first few days of treatment. Giving the medication with food often alleviates the nausea.
2. Decreased appetite is common early in treatment because of nausea, and this problem usually improves after several days. 3. Headaches (usually transient) occur occasionally upon initiation of treatment. In some patients, headaches are persistent. 4. Insomnia may occur with any of the SSRIs, but it is more common with fluoxetine and sertraline. Insomnia usually responds to treatment with trazodone 50-100 mg qhs. The SSRI should be given in the morning if insomnia occurs. 5. SSRIs are less sedating than tricyclic antidepressants, but sedation can occur with paroxetine or fluvoxamine. If sedation occurs, the medication should be given at bedtime. 6. Sexual dysfunction such as decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation and anorgasmia can occur, and this problem may be treated with Sildenafil (Viagra) 50-100 mg taken one hour before sex, tadalafil (Cialis) 5-20 mg prior to sexual activity, vardenafil (Levitra) 5-20 mg one hour before sex, bupropion (Wellbutrin) 75150 mg bid, buspirone (BuSpar) 5-20 mg bid-tid, mirtazapine 15-30 mg one hour before sex, nefazodone 100 mg one hour before sex or switching the antidepressant to bupropion, nefazodone or mirtazapine. 7. Serotonin syndrome, characterized by nausea, confusion, hyperthermia, autonomic instability, tremor, myoclonus, rigidity, seizures, coma and death, can occur when SSRIs are combined with MAOIs. SSRIs should not be used for 2 weeks before or after the use of an MAOI. For fluoxetine, 5-6 weeks should elapse after discontinuation of the MAOI because of its long half-life. C. Miscellaneous Side Effects: SSRIs may also cause sweating, anxiety, dizziness, tremors, fatigue, and dry mouth. D. Mania: SSRIs, like all other antidepressants, can induce mania or rapid cycling in bipolar patients. However, the tricyclics are more likely to induce mania than SSRIs. E. SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome: On discontinuation, some patients may experience dizziness, lethargy, nausea, irritability, and headaches. These symptoms are usually transient and are more likely to occur with short-acting agents, such as paroxetine and fluvoxamine. These symptoms can be prevented by slowly tapering the medication over several weeks when discontinuing the drug. Discontinuation of paroxetine may be complicated by cholinergic rebound symptoms, such as diarrhea. F. Restlessness: An akathisia-like syndrome has been reported with fluoxetine. Akathisia can be treated by reducing the dose of the SSRI. Agitation can be profound and often requires discontinuation of the medication. G. Teratogenic Effects: All SSRIs are pregnancy category C. However, there is no evidence that SSRIs cause major birth defects. The impact of untreated depression on the mother and fetus must be considered when determining these riskbenefit decisions. H. Breast Feeding: SSRIs are secreted into breast milk in minute amounts. A careful discussion of the risk-benefit ratio should occur prior to breastfeeding. V. Drug Interactions A. Cytochrome P450 Enzymes: SSRIs are competitive inhibitors of a variety of cytochrome P450 liver enzymes. This can result in elevated plasma levels of medications metabolized by these enzymes. Elevated plasma levels may lead to toxic side effects. B. Potential Toxicity: Toxic side effects of desipramine can be seen when it is given concomitantly with SSRIs, such as fluoxetine and paroxetine. Desipramine is metabolized by the liver enzyme cytochrome P4502D6 (CYP2D6) and fluoxetine is a potent inhibitor of cytochrome CYP2D6. Fluoxetine can elevate plasma desipramine levels up to 400%, with subsequent increased sedation, anticholinergic effects, tremors and potential increased risk of seizures or cardiotoxicity. C. Substrates/Inhibitors 1. Table 1 lists the substrates of several P450 liver enzymes, and table 2 indicates the degree of inhibition of the enzymes by each SSRI. The greater the inhibition, the greater the likelihood of a drug-drug interaction. 2. Drugs that have a narrow therapeutic index are more likely to produce toxic symptoms when combined with a strong inhibitor of their metabolism. Drugs with a narrow therapeutic index include antiarrhythmics, anticonvulsants, warfarin, and theophylline. D. Warfarin: SSRIs may increase levels of warfarin via P450 interactions and competition for plasma protein binding sites. Prothrombin times should be carefully monitored when initiating SSRIs in a patient on warfarin.
Table 1. Substrates of the P450 Enzymes CYP1A 2
Acetaminophen Amitriptyline Caffeine Clomipramine Clozapine Cyclobenzaprine Dacarbazine Flutamide Fluvoxamine
Grepafloxen Haloperidol Imipramine Mexiletine Mirtazapine Methadone Odansetron Olanzapine Paracetamol
Pentoxifylline Phenacetin Propranolol R-Warfarin Ropinorole Tacrine Theophylline Thioridazine Thiothixene
Amitriptyline Amphetamine Bufaralol Benztropine Clomipramine Clozapine Codeine Debrisoquine Desipramine Dextromethorph an Diltiazem Donepezil Encainide Ethylmorphine
Flecainide Haloperidol Hydrocodone Imipramine MCPP Metoprolol Mexiletine Mirtazapine Molindone Nortriptyline Odansetron Oxycodone Paroxetine Perhexiline
Perphenazine Propafenone Propranolol Quinidine Quetiapine Risperidone Sertraline Sparteine Tamoxifen Thioridazine Timolol Trazodone Tramadol Venlafaxine
Carmustine Celecoxib Diclofenac Glyburide Glypizide Ibuprofen Indomethacin
Losartan Mefenamic acid Naproxen Phenytoin Piroxicam Paclitaxel Rosiglitazone
S-Warfarin Suprofen Tamoxifen Tetrahydrocannibi nol Tolbutamide Torsemide Valsartan
Amitriptyline Citalopram Clomipramine Cyclophosphami de Diazepam Hexobarbital
Imipramine Lansoprazole Mephebarbita l Mephenytoin Moclobemide Omeprazole
Pantoprazole Proguanil Propranolol Rabeprazole Teniposide
Acetaminophen Alfentanil Alprazolam Amiodarone Amitriptyline Amlodipine Amprenavir Avorstatin Azithromycin Bromocriptine Bulsulfan Buspirone Carbamazepine Carvedilol Cerivastatin Chlordiazepoxid e Chloroquine Ciprofloxacin Cilostazol Cisapride Citalopram Clarithromycin Clomipramine Clonazepam Clozapine Cortisol Cyclobenzaprine Cyclosporine Cyclophosphami de Dapsone Danorubicin Delaviridine Dexamethasone Diazepam Diltiazem Dirithromycin
Dirithromycin Disopyramide Donepezil Efavirenz Ergots Erythromycin Estradiol Estrogen Ethosuximide Etoposide Felodipine Fentanyl Imipramine Indinavir Isofamide Ketoconazole Lansoprazole Mirtazapine Lidocaine Lopinavir Loratadine Lovastatin Metoprolol Midazolam Nefazodone Nevirapine Nicardipine Nifedipine Nimodipine Nisoldipine Nitrendipine Odansetron Omeprazole Pantoprazole Paclitaxel Pergolide
Propafenone Primaquine Progesterone Quetiapine Quinidine Rabeprazole Rapamycin Rifabutin Rifampin Rokitamycin Ropinirole Saquinous Siburtramine Sildenafil Simvastatin Tacrolimus Tamoxifen Temazepam Tenoposide Testosterone Tiagabine Toremifene Trazodone Triazolam Trofosfamide Troleandomycin Valproate Verapamil Vesnarinone Vinblastine Vincristine Vindesine Vinorelbin Zaleplon Zolpidem
Table 2. Degree of inhibition of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes by SSRIs 1A2
Citalopram (Celexa) I. Indications: Effective for a variety of depressive and anxiety disorders. Preparations: 10, 20 and 40 mg (20 mg and 40 mg tablets are scored). Oral suspension: 10 mg/5 mL. II. Dosage: Depression: 20 mg per day, usually given at bedtime. The dosage may be increased to 40 mg per day after one week. Maximum dosage is 60 mg/day, and this dosage should be reserved for treatment refractory patients who have had a 4- to 6-week trial at 40 mg/day. Elderly: 10 mg per day for one week, then increase to 20 mg/day. Treatment refractory patients may require 40 mg/day after a trial of 4-6 weeks on 20 mg/day. III. Half-Life: 35 hr. IV. Clinical Guidelines: Citalopram has low overall effects on P450 enzymes (see table 2). V. Drug Interactions: Cytochrome P450: Modest inhibition of the hepatic enzyme, CYP2D6, may lead to mild elevations of TCAs and antiarrhythmics (see Tables 1 & 2). This interaction is unlikely to be clinically significant,
Escitalopram (Lexapro) I. Indications: Effective for a variety of depressive and anxiety disorders. Preparations: 5 mg (unscored), 10 and 20 mg scored tablets. Oral solution: 5 mg/5 mL. II. Dosage: Depression: 10 mg per day. The dosage may be increased to 20 mg per day after one week. Maximum dosage is 30 mg/day, and this dosage should be reserved for treatment refractory patients who have had a 4- to 6-week trial at 20 mg/day. Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Same as for depression Elderly: 5-10 mg per day. Treatment refractory patients may require 20 mg/day after a trial of 4-6 weeks on 10 mg/day. III. Half-Life: 30 hr. A. Clinical Guidelines: Compared to the SSRIs, escitalopram has low overall effects on P450 enzymes (see table 2). Compared to the racemate (citalopram), escitalopram has an improved side-effect profile. B. Drug Interactions: Cytochrome P450: Modest inhibition of the hepatic enzyme, CYP2D6, may lead to mild elevations of TCAs and antiarrhythmics (see Tables 1 & 2). This interaction is unlikely to be clinically significant.
I. Indications: Effective for depressive and anxiety disorders. Preparations: 10, 20 mg capsules; 20 mg/5 mL solution; 10 mg scored tablet; 90 mg weekly tablet. II. Dosage: A. Depression: 20 mg qAM is usually effective. May increase to maximum dose of 80 mg/day. Increase dose by 20 mg/day each month in partial responders. Most patients respond at a dosage between 20-40 mg/day. B. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): 20 mg/day. Increase by 20 mg/day each month if needed. Treatment of OCD may require a higher dosage than depression. Maximum dose of 80 mg/day.
C. Panic Disorder: Begin with 5-10 mg qAM. Increase gradually over several weeks to 10-20 mg/day. D. Bulimia: Begin with 20 mg qAM and increase as tolerated up to 60 mg/day over several days to weeks. E. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): Begin with 20 mg/day throughout the month. May be increased up to 60 mg/day. F. Elderly: 5-40 mg/day. Due to the long half-life, elderly patients require lower doses and every-other-day dosing may be used. G. Half-Life: 2-5 days for fluoxetine and 7-10 days for the active metabolite of fluoxetine, norfluoxetine. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Long half-life permits daily dosing and decrease withdrawal symptoms following abrupt discontinuance of medication. Relatively safe in overdose. B. The long half-life of fluoxetine/norfluoxetine requires waiting at least 5 weeks after discontinuation before starting an MAOI. Several weeks should elapse before beginning nefazodone, because the metabolite of nefazodone may cause anxiety, and the metabolism of nefazodone is impaired by fluoxetine. Patients often require bid dosing above 40 mg per day. Typical dosing is 40 mg in the morning and 20-40 mg at noon. Late afternoon doses often disrupt sleep. IV.Drug Interactions A. Fluoxetine is a potent inhibitor of the liver enzyme, cytochrome CYP2D6. Use caution when combining with a TCA or an antiarrhythmic agent. Can also elevate levels of many neuroleptic agents, leading to dystonias, akathisia, or other extrapyramidal symptoms. B. Benzodiazepines: Inhibition of the liver enzyme, CYP3A4, can lead to moderate plasma elevations of some benzodiazepines with increased sedation and psychomotor impairment. C. Carbamazepine: Inhibition of the liver enzyme, CYP3A4, can elevate carbamazepine levels moderately. Carbamazepine levels should be monitored. D. Phenytoin: Modest elevations of phenytoin occur because of inhibition of the liver enzyme, CYP2C9. Phenytoin levels should be monitored. E. Opiate Analgesics: Patients taking fluoxetine will experience reduced pain relief from codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone. CYP2D6 inhibition will reduce conversion of the parent analgesic to the clinically effective metabolite. F. Fluoxetine has slightly higher rates of anxiety and insomnia than the other SSRIs. G. Refer to tables 1 and 2 for other potential drug interactions.
Fluvoxamine (Luvox) I. Indications: Effective for a variety of depressive and anxiety disorders. Preparations: 25, 50, 100 mg tablets (50 and 100 mg tablets are scored). II. Dosage: Initial Dosage: 50 mg/day, then titrate to 300 mg/day maximum, over several weeks Elderly: 25-150 mg/day Children: 25 mg/day initially, then increase by 25 mg/week as needed to 50-200 mg/day III. Half-Life: 16-20 hours. IV.Clinical Guidelines: Patients often require bid dosing at dosages above 100-200 mg per day. Many drug interactions with cytochrome P450 metabolized medications have been reported. Since other SSRIs are equally effective, it is not commonly used. V. Drug Interactions A. Theophylline: Potent inhibition of the hepatic enzyme, CYP1A2, can produce toxicity in combination with theophylline, resulting in elevated plasma levels of other CYP1A2 substrates. B. Clozapine: Potent inhibition of CYP1A2 can lead to markedly elevated clozapine levels with potential for seizures and hypotension. C. Benzodiazepines: Significant inhibition of the hepatic enzyme, CYP3A4, can lead to elevated levels of some benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam, with subsequent increased sedation and psychomotor impairment. D. Beta-Blockers: Significant inhibition of the hepatic enzyme, CYP2C19, can lead to elevated plasma concentrations of propranolol, with further reductions in heart rate and hypotension. E. Calcium Channel Blockers: Inhibition of the hepatic enzyme, CYP3A4, can produce elevated levels of calcium channel blockers, such as diltiazem, with subsequent bradycardia. F. Methadone: Fluvoxamine can significantly raise plasma methadone levels. G. Carbamazepine: Fluvoxamine may elevate carbamazepine levels via CYP3A4 inhibition, leading to toxicity. H. Refer to tables 1 and 2 for other potential drug interactions.
Paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR) I. Indications: Effective for a variety of depressive and anxiety disorders. Preparations: 10, 20, 30, 40 mg tablets (10 and 20 mg tablets are scored); 10 mg/5 mL oral solution; 12.5, 25, and 37.5 mg continuous-release formulation. II. Dosage: A. Depression: 10-20 mg qhs; may increase dose by 10-20 mg/day each month if partial response occurs (maximum 80 mg/day). For Paxil CR, begin at 25 mg/day and adjust upwards by 12.5 mg per week if needed to a maximum dosage of 62.5 mg/day. B. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: 20 mg per day to start, then increase by 10-20 mg/day per month if partial response occurs (maximum 80 mg/day). C. Panic Disorder: Begin with 5-10 mg qhs, then increase dose by 10 mg every 2-4 weeks as tolerated until symptoms abate, up to 40 mg/day. For Paxil CR, begin at 12.5 mg/day and increase by 12.5 mg per week as needed up to a maximum dosage of 75 mg per day. D. Social Anxiety Disorder: Begin with 20 mg qhs. In highly anxious patients, an initial dosage of 10 mg qhs for one week, then 20 mg qhs, may reduce side effects. If clinical response is inadequate, increase the dosage by 10-20 mg/every 4-6 weeks to a maximum dosage of 60 mg/day. E. Elderly: 5-40 mg/day for immediate release and 12.5 to 50 mg per day for Paxil CR. III. Half-Life: 15-20 hours IV.Clinical Guidelines: A reduction in anxiety often occurs early in treatment due to sedating properties. Paroxetine is less activating than fluoxetine and more sedating than fluoxetine or sertraline for most patients. Paroxetine should be taken at bedtime because it has sedative properties compared to fluoxetine or sertraline. Relatively safe in overdose. Patients may require bid dosing at dosages above 40 mg per day. Paxil CR at a dosage of 37.5 mg is bioequivalent to 30 mg of immediaterelease Paxil. Paxil CR may have less side effects compared to immediate release paroxetine. V. Drug Interactions A. Paroxetine is a potent inhibitor of the liver enzyme, CYP2D6. Use caution when combining with TCAs or antiarrhythmics. Can also elevated levels of some neuroleptics and increase the incidence of EPS. Refer to tables 1 and 2 for additional potential drug interactions. B. Patients on paroxetine will experience reduced pain relief from codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone. CYP2D6 inhibition will reduce conversion of the parent analgesic to the clinically effective metabolite of the analgesic. C. Paroxetine produces the highest incidence of discontinuation syndrome of the SSRIs because its relatively short half-life and anticholinergic activity, complicating the discontinuation syndrome with cholinergic rebound.
Sertraline (Zoloft) I. Indications: Effective for a variety of depressive and anxiety disorders. Preparations: 25, 50, 100 mg scored tablets; 20 mg/mL oral suspension. II. Dosage: A. Depression: 50 mg qAM, then increase by 50 mg/day every month in patients with partial response (maximum dose of 200 mg/day). B. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Begin with 50 mg qAM and increase by 50 mg/day per month in partial responders to a maximum of 200-300 mg/day. C. Panic Disorder/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Begin with 25 mg qAM and increase dose by 25 mg/day every 2-4 weeks until symptoms abate, to a maximum dose of 200 mg/day. Patients with severe anxiety or sensitivity to medication may be started at 12.5 mg for the first week. D. Elderly: 25-150 mg/day. E. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): 50 mg per day throughout the menstrual cycle or limited to the luteal phase. F. Children: 25 mg/day for ages 6-12 and 50 mg/day for adolescents age 13-17. III. Half-Life: 24 hours for sertraline and 2-4 days for its metabolite, desmethylsertraline. IV.Clinical Guidelines: Sertraline is less likely to cause sedation compared to paroxetine or fluvoxamine. Restlessness and insomnia are less common compared to fluoxetine. Sertraline,escitalopram and citalopram have the lowest overall P450 enzyme effects of the SSRIs (refer to table 2). V. Drug Interactions: Cytochrome P450: Modest inhibition of the hepatic enzyme, CYP2D6, may lead to mild elevations of TCAs and antiarrhythmics. References, see page 109.
Miscellaneous Antidepressants The following antidepressants are unique compounds that are chemically unrelated to the SSRIs, TCAs and MAOIs. They are indicated for depression and require the same amount or time to achieve clinical efficacy. Like other antidepressants, these agents may cause mania or rapid cycling in bipolar patients. The use of MAOIs with these antidepressants can lead to a serotonergic syndrome, characterized by nausea, confusion, hyperthermia, autonomic instability, tremor, myoclonus, rigidity, seizures, coma and death. These antidepressants are contraindicated for two weeks before or after the use of an MAOI.
Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL, Zyban) I. Indications A. Bupropion is effective in the treatment of major depression, dysthymia, and bipolar depression. Bupropion is also used for the treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. B. Low-dose bupropion is used adjunctively to treat the sexual dysfunction associated with SSRIs. II. Pharmacology A. Bupropion is a unicyclic aminoketone antidepressant with a half-life of 4-24 hours. It is thought to work via inhibition of norepinephrine reuptake and by inhibition of dopaminegic neurotransmission. B. Therapeutic levels have not been established. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Preparations: 75 and 100 mg immediate-release tablets; 100,150 and 200 mg sustained-release tablets, 150 and 300 mg extended-release tablets. All tablets are non-scored. B. Dosage 1. Initial Dosage: 100 mg bid, then increase to 100 tid after 4-5 days. Although bupropion has a short half-life and is recommended for tid dosing, many clinicians use bid dosing with the regular-release tablets as well as the sustained release. Do not increase by more than 100/day mg every 3 days. 2. Slow Release: Begin with 150 mg qAM for three days, then increase to 150 mg bid for SR tabs. Maximum dose of 200 mg SR tabs bid. The sustained-release bid preparation improves compliance. 3. Average Dosage: 300 mg/day (divided doses). Do not exceed 150 mg/dose for the regular release or 200 mg/dose with sustained release, with doses at least 6 hours apart. 4. Dosage Range: 75-450 mg/day (max 450 mg/day). 5. Elderly: 75-450 mg/day. C. Side-Effect Profile: Bupropion has fewer side effects than TCAs and causes less sexual dysfunction than the SSRIs. It does not produce weight gain or orthostatic hypotension. D. Cardiac Profile: Bupropion does not significantly affect cardiac conduction or ventricular function and is a good choice in patients with cardiac disease, such as congestive heart failure. IV.Adverse Drug Reactions A. Most common side effects: Insomnia, CNS stimulation, headache, constipation, dry mouth, nausea, tremor. B. Anorexia/Bulimia: Avoid bupropion in patients with anorexia or bulimia because of possible electrolyte changes, which may potentiate seizures. C. Liver/Renal Disease: Use caution in patients with hepatic or renal disease because of potential elevation of plasma bupropion levels and toxicity. D. Pregnancy/Lactation: Pregnancy category B. E. Seizures: Bupropion has a seizure rate of 0.4% at doses less than 450 mg/day and 4% at doses of 450-600 mg/day. The sustained-release preparation has a seizure incidence of 0.1% at doses up to 300 mg per day. Bupropion is contraindicated in patients with a history of seizure, brain injury or EEG abnormality, or recent history of alcohol withdrawal. V. Drug Interactions A. Hepatically Metabolized Medications 1. Cimetidine may inhibit the metabolism of bupropion and lead to elevated bupropion plasma levels and subsequent toxicity. 2. Bupropion is a significant inhibitor of CYP2D6 and can cause a twofold increase in maximum concentration or fivefold increase in area under the plasma concentration curve (AUC) of CYP2D6 substrates, such as desipramine. If bupropion is added to a treatment regimen of medications metabolized by CYP2D6, the dosage of the other medications may need to be reduced. Medications metabolized by CYP2D6 include tricyclic antidepressants, type
1C antiarrhythmics and beta-blockers (such as metoprolol). 3. Carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin may induce the enzymes responsible for the metabolism of bupropion, resulting in a subsequent decrease in plasma bupropion levels. 4. Dopamine Agonists: Levodopa may cause confusion or dyskinesias. B. MAOIs: Combining bupropion with an MAOI can lead to a serotonergic syndrome with severe toxicity.
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) I. Indications A. Duloxetine is effective for the treatment of major depression. It is helpful for somatization disorders and pain syndromes associated with depression. B. Cymbalta is a new medication with limited clinical experience to date. II. Pharmacology A. Duloxetine blocks serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake. B. Half-life is 12 hours. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Preparations: 20, 30 and 60 mg capsules. B. Dosage. 1. Initial dosage: 20 mg po BID, may increase to 30 mg BID. 2. Average dosage: 30 mg BID. Doses as high as 60 mg BID may be preferred for the treatment of certain pain syndromes. C. No dosage adjustment is necessary in healthy geriatric patients. D. A discontinuation syndrome can be observed with abrupt cessation of treatment. IV.Adverse Drug Reactions A. Common Adverse Reactions: nausea (most common), decreased appetite, dry mouth, dizziness, constipation, fatigue, sweating and insomnia. There is a small incidence of sexual dysfunction, primarily in men. V. Drug Interactions: Duloxetine is metabolized through CYP2D6 and 1A2. Inhibition of these enzymes will increase serum duloxetine levels.
Gepirone ER I. Indications (FDA approval pending) A. Gepirone is effective in the treatment of major depression. II. Pharmacology A. Gepirone is a pyridinyl piperazine 5HT1A agonist. B. Gepirone has differential action at presynaptic (agonist) and post-synaptic (partial agonist) 5-HT1A receptors. Compared to buspirone, it has much less D2 receptor affinity. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Preparations: Extended-release 20 mg tablets. B. Dosage 1. Initial dosage: 20 mg PO qAM, increase every 4 days by 20 mg. 2. Average dosage: 60 mg/day is likely to be the most common dosage. 3. Dosage range: 40-80 mg/day. C. Gepirone has minimal effects on weight, sexual function, or sedation. IV.Adverse Drug Reactions A. Common Adverse Reactions: Dizziness, nausea, insomnia, nervousness, dry mouth, and GI distress. V. Drug Interactions A. Gepirone does not inhibit P450 enzymes to a significant extent. B. Because it is metabolized through by the CYP3A4 enzyme (CYP2D6 to a lesser extent) inhibitors of CYP3A4 can alter kinetics.
Nefazodone (Serzone) I. Indications A. Nefazodone is effective in the treatment of major depression, dysthymia, and the depressed phase of bipolar disorder. B. Nefazodone is also used clinically for premenstrual dysphoric disorder, chronic pain, and posttraumatic stress disorder. II. Pharmacology A. Nefazodone is the phenylpiperazine analog of trazodone and has a half-life of 2-18 hours. Nefazodone inhibits presynaptic serotonin reuptake and blocks postsynaptic serotonin receptors (5HT-2A). B. Therapeutic levels have not been established. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Preparations: 50, 100, 150, 200, and 250 mg tablets; the
100 and 150 mg tablets are scored. B. Dosage 1. Initial dosage: 50-100 mg bid, then increase gradually over several days to weeks by 50-100 mg per day. 2. Average dosage: 300-500 mg/day with bid dosing. 3. Dosage range: 50-600 mg/day. 4. Elderly: Start with 50 mg/day, range: 100-200 bid. C. REM Sleep: Nefazodone does not suppress REM sleep, unlike most antidepressants. D. Sexual Functioning: Nefazodone has no adverse effects on sexual functioning unlike other antidepressants. IV.Adverse Drug Reactions A. Common Adverse Reactions: The most common side effects are nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, sedation, agitation, constipation, weight loss, and headaches. B. Hepatic Disease: Cases of life-threatening hepatic failure have been reported at a rate of 1 case of hepatic failure resulting in death or liver transplant per 250,000-300,000 patient years of nefazodone treatment. Nefazodone should not be initiated if active liver disease or elevated transaminases are present. Patients who develop increased transaminases more than three times normal should discontinue treatment. C. Alpha Adrenergic Blockade: Nefazodone produces less orthostatic hypotension than trazodone or tricyclic antidepressants. D. Histaminic Blockade: Nefazodone has little effect on histamine receptors and produces less weight gain than TCAs or trazodone. E. Cardiac Effects: Nefazodone does not alter cardiac conduction. V. Drug Interactions A. CYP3A4: Nefazodone is a significant inhibitor of the hepatic CYP3A4 enzyme, and levels of all medications metabolized by this enzyme may be elevated. Levels of triazolam and alprazolam may be increased. B. Cytochrome P450 Inhibitors: A metabolite of nefazodone, chlorophenylpiperazine, is inactivated by the cytochrome P450 enzyme system. In the presence of a strong inhibitor of the hepatic CYP2D6 enzyme, such as fluoxetine, M-CPP is not broken down, resulting in anxiety. When switching from fluoxetine or paroxetine to nefazodone, a washout period of 3-4 days for paroxetine and several weeks for fluoxetine is recommended to avoid this adverse reaction. C. Other Cytochrome P450 Enzymes: Nefazodone does not appear to affect the metabolism of medications metabolized by other P450 enzymes. D. Digoxin: Nefazodone can produce modest increases in digoxin levels. E. MAOI: The combination of nefazodone with an MAOI can lead to a serotonergic syndrome and severe toxicity.
Trazodone (Desyrel) I. Indications A. Approved for use in depressive disorders. It is also used clinically to reduce anxiety and decrease agitation and aggression in elderly demented patients. B. Trazodone is commonly prescribed for insomnia, and it is also effective in some patients with chronic pain syndromes. II. Pharmacology A. Trazodone is a triazolopyridine with a half-life of 4-9 hours. B. The efficacy of trazodone is related primarily to inhibition of presynaptic serotonin reuptake, with possible mild postsynaptic serotonergic antagonism. C. Plasma levels are not clinically useful. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Preparations: 50, 100, 150, and 300 mg tablets. B. Dosage: 1. Initial dosage: 50-100 mg qhs, then increase by 50 mg/day as tolerated. May require bid dosing initially. 2. Average dosage: 300-600 mg/day. 3. Dosage range: 200-600 mg/day. 4. Elderly: 50-500 mg/day. 5. Insomnia: 25-200 mg qhs. C. Tolerability: Many patients are unable to tolerate the sedation and hypotension, which significantly limits the utility of trazodone in the treatment of depression. It is, therefore, most often used for insomnia, especially in patients with SSRIinduced insomnia. IV.Adverse Drug Reactions A. Histaminic Blockade: Trazodone is a potent antihistamine, which can cause significant sedation and weight gain. B. Alpha-1-adrenergic Blockade: Marked Inhibition of alpha-1adrenergic receptors often leads to severe hypotension, especially at high doses. Reflex tachycardia and dizziness may also occur. C. Cholinergic Blockade: Trazodone has little effect on muscarinic receptors, and it does not produce the anticholinergic effects seen with TCAs. D. Dry Mouth: Trazodone commonly causes dry mouth.
E. Cardiac Effects: Trazodone has little effect on cardiac conduction; however, there have been reports of exacerbation of arrhythmias in patients with preexisting conduction abnormalities. It should be avoided in patients with recent myocardial infarction. F. Priapism: A prolonged, painful penile erection occurs in 1/6000 patients. Patients can be treated with intracavernal injection of epinephrine. G. Miscellaneous: Nausea, GI irritation and headaches may occur. H. Pregnancy/Lactation: Avoid use in pregnancy due to potential teratogenicity. Patients should not breast feed while using trazodone. I. Overdose: Trazodone is much safer in overdose than TCAs, but fatalities can occur with combined overdose with alcohol or sedative/hypnotics. J. ECT: Use of trazodone is not recommended during ECT. V. Drug Interactions A. CNS Depressants: Trazodone may potentiate the effects of other sedating medications. B. Fluoxetine may elevate trazodone levels, but the combination is generally safe, and low-dose trazodone is very effective in treating insomnia due to fluoxetine. C. Digoxin/Phenytoin: Trazodone may elevate plasma levels of these drugs. D. Warfarin: Trazodone has been reported to alter prothrombin time in patients on warfarin. E. MAOIs: Avoid combining trazodone with MAOIs due to the potential of inducing a serotonergic syndrome.
Venlafaxine (Effexor and Effexor XR) I. Indications A. Venlafaxine is effective in the treatment of major depression, dysthymia, other depressive disorders and anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder. B. It may have some efficacy in Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as well as chronic pain management. II. Pharmacology A. Venlafaxine is a phenylethylamine. The half-life is 5 hours for venlafaxine and 10 hours for its active metabolite, Odesmethylvenlafaxine. B. Venlafaxine is a selective inhibitor of norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake. C. Therapeutic plasma levels have not been established. III.Clinical Guidelines A. Preparations: 25, 37.5, 50, 75, 100 mg scored immediaterelease tablets; and 37.5, 75, and 150 mg extended-release capsules. B. Dosage 1. Immediate Release: 75 mg on the first day in two or three divided doses with food. The dose may be increased upward in increments of 75 mg/day as clinically indicated with an average dose between 75 to 225 mg per day in bid dosing. Patients usually require several days before the dosage can be increased. 2. Extended Release: Begin with 37.5 to 75 mg once a day with food, and increase the dosage gradually up to 225 mg if needed with an average dosage of 150 to 175 mg per day. 3. Dosage range: 75-375 mg/day. 4. Elderly: 75-375 mg/day. 5. Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Begin with 75 mg q day of Effexor XR; some patients may need to begin with 37.5 mg q day of Effexor XR for one week and then increase to 75 mg q day. The dosage should then be titrated up as clinically indicated to a maximum dosage of 300 mg/day. IV. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Common Side Effects: Insomnia and anxiety are the most common side effects of venlafaxine. Nausea, sedation, fatigue, sweating, dizziness, headache, loss of appetite, constipation and dry mouth are also common. Some patients have difficulty tolerating the GI distress and sedation. B. Blood Pressure: Elevations of supine diastolic blood pressure to greater than 90 mm Hg and by more than 10 mm Hg above baseline occur in 3-7% of patients. Blood pressure should be monitored periodically in patients on venlafaxine. C. Sexual: Abnormalities of ejaculation/orgasm occur in approximately 10% of patients. D. Seizures: Seizures occur in 0.3% of patients. E. Discontinuation Syndrome: Venlafaxine has a high incidence of discontinuation syndrome due to its short half-life, and it should not be abruptly discontinued. Venlafaxine can produce dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, nausea, nervousness, and sweating with abrupt discontinuation. It should be slowly tapered over several weeks when possible. F. Renal/Hepatic Disease: The clearance of venlafaxine in patients with liver or renal disease is significantly altered, and the dosage should be decreased by 50% in these patients. G. Cardiac Disease: There is no systematic data on the use of venlafaxine in patients with recent MI or cardiac disease. It does not appear to have a significant effect on patients with
normal cardiac conduction. H. Pregnancy/Lactation: Avoid use in pregnant patients due to potential teratogenic effects. Breast feeding is contraindicated. V. Drug Interactions A. Cytochrome P450 Interactions: Venlafaxine does not appear to cause clinically significant inhibition of hepatic metabolism. It consequently should not significantly inhibit the metabolism of medications metabolized by these enzymes. B. MAOIs: Venlafaxine should not be given concomitantly with an MAOI because of the possibility of producing a serotonergic syndrome with toxicity. References, see page 109.
Heterocyclic Antidepressants Tertiary Amine Tricyclic Antidepressants I. Indications A. The heterocyclic antidepressants are used in the treatment of major depression, dysthymia, and the depressed phase of bipolar disorder. B. They have efficacy in anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. C. They are useful adjuncts in the treatment of bulimia and chronic pain syndromes. II. Pharmacology A. The heterocyclic antidepressants are postulated to work through their effects on monoamine neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. These agents block the reuptake of these neurotransmitters to varying degrees and also interact with muscarinic, cholinergic, alpha1-adrenergic, and histaminic receptors, which results in their characteristic side-effect profile. B. These antidepressants are rapidly absorbed from the gut and undergo significant first pass clearance by the liver. There is marked variability in plasma levels among individuals, which correlates with differences in cytochrome P450 isoenzymes. C. These medications are highly protein bound and lipid soluble. Their half-lives are usually greater than 24 hours, which allows for once-a-day dosing. Steady-state levels are reached in approximately five days. D. The tertiary tricyclic antidepressant amines, such as amitriptyline and imipramine, are demethylated to secondary amine metabolites, nortriptyline and desipramine, respectively. The tertiary tricyclic amines have more side effects and greater lethality in overdose because of greater blockade of cholinergic, adrenergic and histaminic receptors compared to secondary amines. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Choice of Drug: The selection of a heterocyclic antidepressant should be based on a patient’s past response to medication, family history of medication response, and side-effect profile. For example, if a patient has previously been effectively treated with nortriptyline, there is a good chance of a positive response if the same symptoms recur. Additionally, if a patient is sensitive to the sedative properties of medications, a secondary amine should be chosen over a tertiary amine. B. Dosage: 1. The dosage of heterocyclic antidepressants should be titrated upward over several days to weeks to allow patients to adjust to side effects. This is a major disadvantage compared to SSRIs because it significantly increases the time to reach therapeutic effect in most patients. Most heterocyclics are started at a dose of 25-50 mg per day, and the daily dose is gradually increased to an average of 150-300 mg per day. 2. Patients with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, should receive a lower initial dosage, such as 10 mg of imipramine. Patients with anxiety disorders may require slow titration to avoid exacerbation of anxiety symptoms. C. Time to Response: A therapeutic trial of at least 3-4 weeks at the maximum tolerated dosage should be completed before a patient is considered a nonresponder. Some patients may require 6-8 weeks of treatment before responding. IV. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Elderly patients are much more sensitive to the side effects of TCAs, and they may be unable to tolerate therapeutic dosages. B. Anticholinergic Effects: Cholinergic blockade can produce dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, urinary retention, heat intolerance, tachycardia, and exacerbation of narrow angle glaucoma. Constipation may be alleviated by stool softeners. Dry mouth can be improved with the use of sugarless candy. C. Alpha Adrenergic Effects: Alpha-1-adrenergic receptor blockade can lead to orthostatic hypotension, resulting in falls. Dizziness and reflex tachycardia may also occur. D. Histaminic Effects: Histaminic blockade can produce sedation and weight gain. Many of these agents should be given at bedtime to prevent excess daytime sedation. E. Cardiotoxicity 1. Heterocyclic antidepressants slow cardiac conduction, leading to intraventricular conduction delays, prolonged PR and QT intervals, AV block, and T-wave flattening. 2. These agents are contraindicated in patients with preexisting conduction delays, such as a bundle branch block, or in patients with arrhythmias or recent myocardial infarction. These effects can also be seen with overdose. These agents can also cause tachycardia and elevations of blood pressure. F. Seizures: Seizures occur at a rate of approximately 0.3%, and they are more likely to occur with elevated blood plasma levels, especially with clomipramine, amoxapine, and maprotiline.
G. Neurotoxicity: Heterocyclics may produce tremors and ataxia. In overdose, agitation, delirium, seizures, coma and death may occur. H. Serotonergic Effects: Erectile and ejaculatory dysfunction may occur in males, and anorgasmia may occur in females. I. Overdose: Heterocyclic agents are extremely toxic in overdose. Overdose with as little as 1-2 grams may cause death. Death usually occurs from cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, or severe hypotension. J. Mania: Heterocyclic antidepressants can precipitate mania or rapid cycling in patients with bipolar disorder. K. Liver/Renal Disease: Patients with hepatic or renal disease may require a lower dosage. Severe disease is a contraindication for TCAs. L. Discontinuation Syndrome: Abrupt discontinuation of these agents may lead to transient dizziness, nausea, headache, diaphoresis, insomnia, and malaise. These effects are mostly related to cholinergic and serotonergic rebound. Heterocyclic agents should be tapered gradually over several weeks after prolonged treatment. M. Teratogenic Effects: Heterocyclic antidepressants are classified as pregnancy class C. However, there is no evidence that TCAs cause major birth defects in humans. N. Breast Feeding: Heterocyclics are excreted in breast milk, and mothers should not breast feed when taking these agents. V. Drug Interactions A. Plasma Level Increases: Some of the SSRIs, such as fluoxetine and paroxetine, can elevate heterocyclic antidepressants levels, leading to marked toxicity. B. Plasma Level Decreases: Oral contraceptives, carbamazepine, barbiturates, chloral hydrate, and cigarette smoking can induce hepatic enzymes and may lead to decreased levels of heterocyclics. C. Antihypertensives: Heterocyclic agents can block the effects of antihypertensive agents such as clonidine and propranolol. D. MAOIs: The combination of heterocyclic agents with (MAOIs) can lead to a hypertensive crisis or a “serotonin syndrome,” characterized by confusion, agitation, myoclonus, hyperreflexia, autonomic instability, delirium, coma, and even death. MAOIs should be discontinued for 2 weeks before or after the use of a heterocyclic antidepressant. E. Anticholinergic Toxicity: The combination of heterocyclics with other medications with anticholinergic properties can potentiate anticholinergic effects and may lead to delirium.
Amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep) Indications: Depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, chronic pain, and insomnia. Preparations: 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150 mg tablets; 10 mg/mL solution for IM injection. Dosage: Initial dosage: 25 mg qhs, then increase over 1- to 4-week period. Average dosage: 150-250 mg/day. Dosage range: 50-300 mg/day. Chronic Pain Syndromes: 25-300 mg qhs. Elderly: 25-200 mg/day. Half-life: 10-50 hr. Therapeutic Level: 100-250 ng/mL (amitriptyline + nortriptyline) Clinical Guidelines: Amitriptyline is widely used in the treatment of chronic pain and is effective in the prophylaxis of migraine headaches. Strong anticholinergic effects are often difficult for patients to tolerate. It is useful for insomnia, at a dosage of 25-100 mg qhs.
Clomipramine (Anafranil) Indications: Depressive disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Preparations: 25, 50, 75 mg capsules. Dosage: Initial dosage: 25 mg qhs, then increase over 1- to 4-week period. Average dose: 150-250 mg/day. Dosage Range: 50-250 mg/day. Panic disorder: 25-150 mg qhs. Half-life: 20-50 hr. Therapeutic Level: 150-300 ng/mL Clinical Guidelines: FDA approved for the treatment of OCD. OCD symptoms may require a longer duration of treatment (2-3 months) to achieve efficacy. Clomipramine may be especially useful in depressed patients with strong obsessional features. The sideeffect profile (sedation and anticholinergic effects) often prevents patients from achieving an adequate dosage. Clomipramine has a higher risk of seizures than other TCAs.
Doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan) Indications: Depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, insomnia, and chronic pain. Preparations: 15, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150 mg tablets; 10 mg/mL liquid concentrate. Dosage: Initial dosage: 25 mg qhs or bid, then increase over 1- to 4-week period Average dosage: 150-250 mg/day. Dosage range: 25-300 mg/day. Elderly: 15-200 mg/day. Insomnia: 25-150 mg qhs. Half-Life: 8-24 hr. Therapeutic Levels: 100-250 ng/mL. Clinical Guidelines: Doxepin may be used in the treatment of chronic pain. It is one of the most sedating TCAs. The strong antihistamine properties of doxepin make it one of the most effective antipruritic agents available. It is useful for insomnia at a dosage of 25-150 mg qhs.
Imipramine (Tofranil) Indications: Depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, enuresis, chronic pain. Preparations: 10, 25, 50 mg tablets; 75, 100, 125, 150 mg capsules; 25 mg/2 mL solution for IM injection. Dosage: Initial dosage: 25 mg qhs, then increase over 1- to 4-week period. Average dosage: 150-250 mg/day. Dosage range: 50-300 mg/day. Elderly: 25-75 mg qhs (max 200 mg/day). Half-Life: 5-25 hr. Therapeutic Levels: 150-300 ng/mL (imipramine and desipramine) Clinical Guidelines: Imipramine has well-documented effectiveness in the treatment of panic disorder. Imipramine is effective in the treatment of enuresis in children. The dosage for enuresis is usually 50-100 mg per day.
Trimipramine (Surmontil) Indications: Depressive disorders, anxiety disorders. Preparations: 25, 50, 100 mg capsules. Dosage: Initial dosage: 25 mg qhs, then increase over 1- to 4-week period. Average dosage: 150-200 mg/day. Dosage Range: 50-300 mg/day. Elderly: 25-50 mg qhs (max 200 mg/day). Therapeutic Levels: Unknown. Clinical Guidelines: Trimipramine has no significant advantages over other TCAs. References, see page 109.
Secondary Amine Tricyclic Antidepressants Desipramine (Norpramin) Indications: Depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and chronic pain. Preparations: 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150 mg tablets; 25, 50 mg capsules. Dosage: Initial dosage: 25 mg qhs, then increase over 1- to 4-week period. Average dosage: 150-250 mg/day. Dosage range: 50-300 mg/day. Elderly: 25-100 mg/day (max 200 mg/day). Half-Life: 12-24 hr. Therapeutic Levels: 125-300 ng/mL Clinical Guidelines: Desipramine is one of the least sedating and least anticholinergic TCAs. It should be considered a first-line heterocyclic agents in elderly patients. Some patients may require AM dosing due to mild CNS activation.
Nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl) Indications: Depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and chronic pain. Preparations: 10, 25, 50, 75 mg capsules; 10 mg/5ml liquid concentrate. Dosage: Initial dosage: 25 mg qhs, then increase over 1- to 4-week period. Average dosage: 75-150 mg/day. Dosage range: 25-150 mg/day. Elderly: 10-75 mg/day (max 150 mg/day). Half-Life: 18-44 hr. Therapeutic Levels: 50-150 ng/mL Clinical Guidelines: Nortriptyline is widely used in the treatment of chronic pain. It is one of the least likely TCAs to cause orthostatic hypotension, and it is a good choice for elderly patients who require a TCA. Nortriptyline is the only antidepressant where serum levels appear to be related to response. Patients generally respond at serum levels between 50-150 ng/mL.
Protriptyline (Vivactil) Indications: Depressive disorders. Preparations: 5, 10 mg tablets. Dosage: Initial dosage: 5 mg qAM, then increase over several days to weeks. Average dosage: 15-40 mg/day. Dosage range: 10-60 mg/day. Elderly: 5 mg tid (max 40 mg/day). Half-Life: 50-200 hr. Therapeutic Levels: 75-200 ng/mL Clinical Guidelines: Protriptyline is the least sedating and most activating TCA. Avoid giving near bedtime because it can cause insomnia. It has no advantage over other TCAs and is not commonly used. References, see page 109.
Tetracyclic Antidepressants Amoxapine (Asendin) Indications: Depressive disorders, especially major depression with psychotic features. Preparations: 25, 50, 100, 150 mg tablets. Dosage: Initial dosage: 25-50 mg qhs, then increase gradually over 1-4 week period. Average dosage: 200-250 mg/day. Dosage range: 50-300 mg/day. Elderly: Start with 25 mg qhs; increase to 50 mg bid-tid (maximum 300 mg/day). Half-Life: 8 hr. Therapeutic Levels: 100-250 ng/mL. Clinical Guidelines: A. Amoxapine is related to the antipsychotic loxapine. Blockade of dopamine receptors may produce extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) due to dopamine antagonism of its metabolite loxapine (eg, dystonia, akathisia, Parkinsonian symptoms). Dopamine receptor blockade can lead to hyperprolactinemia with subsequent gynecomastia, galactorrhea, or amenorrhea. B. Amoxapine is associated with higher rates of seizure, arrhythmia, and fatality in overdose than many other antidepressants. The antipsychotic properties of loxapine may be useful in the treatment of major depression with psychotic features. Amoxapine has added risks of dopamine antagonist side effects, such as tardive dyskinesia.
Maprotiline (Ludiomil) Indications: Depressive disorders. Preparations: 25, 50, 75 mg tablets. Dosage: Initial dosage: 75 mg qhs for 2 weeks, then increase in 25 mg increments over the next few weeks. Average dosage: 100-150 mg/day . Dosage range: 50-200 mg/day. Elderly: Start with 25 mg qhs. Increase to 50-75 qhs (max 100 mg/day). Half-Life: 21-25 hr. Therapeutic Levels: 150-300 ng/mL Clinical Guidelines: A. Maprotiline is associated with higher rates of seizure, arrhythmia, and fatality in overdose than many other antidepressants. Avoid medications that lower seizure threshold, and avoid use in patients with risk of alcohol or sedative/hypnotic withdrawal syndrome. Do not use in patients with a history of seizures. B. The long half-life may necessitate a longer period of observation after overdose. Maprotiline is rarely used.
Mirtazapine (Remeron) Indications: Depressive disorders. Mechanism: Selective alpha-2-adrenergic antagonist that enhances noradrenergic and serotonergic neurotransmission. Preparations: 15 and 30 mg scored tablets. Soltabs: Orally disintegrating tablets (15, 30 and 45 mg). Dosage: Initial Dosage: Begin with 15 mg qhs and increase to 30 mg after several days to a maximum of 45 mg qhs. Elderly: Begin with 7.5 mg qhs and increase by 7.5 mg each week to an average of 30 mg qhs. Half-Life: 20-40 hr. Therapeutic levels: Not established. Clinical Guidelines: A. Mirtazapine has little effect on sexual function. It may have some efficacy in anxiety disorders, and its antagonism of 5HT3 receptors may help in patients with gastritis. It has little effect on drugs metabolized by cytochrome P450 enzymes. Sedation is the most common side effect, which may be significant initially, but usually decreases over the first week of treatment. B. Increase in appetite is frequent with an average weight gain of 2.0 kg after six weeks of treatment. Dry mouth, constipation, fatigue, dizziness, and orthostatic hypotension may occur. Agranulocytosis has occurred in two patients, and neutropenia has occurred in one patient during clinical trials with 2,800 patients. If a patient develops signs of an infection along with a low WBC, mirtazapine should be discontinued. Drug Interactions: Mirtazapine has a low liability for drug interactions. References, see page 109.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors I. Indications A. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are used in the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders. MAOIs are particularly useful in the treatment of major depression with atypical features, such as mood reactivity, increased appetite, hypersomnia, and sensitivity to interpersonal rejection. B. These agents also have significant efficacy in anxiety disorders, such as social phobia and panic disorder with agoraphobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. C. Given the dietary restrictions and risk of hypertensive crisis, MAOIs are usually used only after conventional treatments have failed. II. Pharmacology A. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors irreversibly inhibit the enzyme, monoamine oxidase, located in the central nervous system, gut and platelets, leading to lack of degradation of monoamines. B. Two weeks are required after discontinuing an MAOI to replenish the body with normal amounts of the monoamine oxidase enzyme. C. MAOIs inhibit monoamine oxidase in the gut wall, which leads to increased absorption of tyramine. Tyramine can elevate blood pressure. III.Clinical Guidelines A. Dietary Restrictions: These agents require patients to adhere to a low tyramine diet in order to avoid a hypertensive crisis. B. Dose Titration: In order to minimize side effects, these agents must be started at a low dose and titrated upward over days to weeks. This is a major disadvantage compared to SSRIs. C. Response Time: These agents require at least 3-4 weeks for an adequate therapeutic trial, and patients may respond after 6-8 weeks. D. Efficacy: May be slightly more effective than other antidepressant treatments, especially with atypical depression. E. Clinical Utility: Given the side-effect profile and dietary restrictions, these agents are generally reserved for use in patients who are refractory to other antidepressant treatments. IV. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Alpha-1 Blockade: Alpha-1-adrenergic blockade can lead to marked orthostatic hypotension, which is the most common side effect. Orthostatic hypotension can be treated with salt supplements, support hose, or with fludrocortisone. Dizziness and reflex tachycardia may also occur. B. Histaminic Blockade: Antihistaminic properties can lead to sedation and significant weight gain. C. Hypertensive Crisis: Hypertensive crisis from consuming tyramine containing foods is characterized by markedly elevated blood pressure, headache, sweating, nausea and vomiting, photophobia, autonomic instability, chest pain, cardiac arrhythmias, and even coma and death. D. Treatment of Hypertensive Crisis: Treatment involves the use of oral nifedipine while carefully monitoring blood pressure to make sure it does not drop too far. Alternatively, chlorpromazine, 50 mg orally, may be given. If patients present to the emergency room, they can be given phentolamine, 5 mg IV, followed by 0.25-0.5 mg IM every 4 to six hours as indicated. E. MAOI Diet: Foods to be avoided: Soy sauce, sauerkraut, aged chicken or beef liver, aged cheese, fava beans, air-dried sausage or other meats, pickled or cured meat or fish, overripe fruit, canned figs, raisins, avocados, yogurt, sour cream, meat tenderizer, yeast extracts, caviar, and shrimp paste. Beer and wine are generally contraindicated; however, recent studies indicate that they contain very little tyramine. F. Pyridoxine Deficiency: Pyridoxine deficiency, manifesting with paraesthesias, may occur and can be treated with vitamin B6, 50 mg per day. G. Overdose: Overdose can be fatal. Dialysis may be helpful along with supportive treatment. Death may occur from arrhythmias, seizures or renal failure. H. Surgery: Discontinue MAOIs 14 days before surgery to prevent hypertensive crisis from anesthetics. I. Mania: MAOIs can induce mania or rapid cycling in patients with bipolar disorder. J. Comorbid Medical Illness: Use with caution in patients with liver disease, abnormal liver function tests, cardiovascular disease, migraine headaches, renal disease, hyperthyroidism, or Parkinson’s disease. K. Pregnancy: Avoid use of MAOIs in pregnancy because of teratogenic potential. L. Miscellaneous: Other side effects include, liver toxicity, agitation, dry mouth, constipation, seizures, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, and edema.
V. Drug Interactions A. Serotonergic Syndrome: A serotonergic syndrome characterized by nausea, confusion, hyperthermia, autonomic instability, tremor, myoclonus, rigidity, seizures, coma and death, can occur when MAOIs are combined with SSRIs, TCAs, or carbamazepine. Wait fourteen days after discontinuing an MAOI before starting a TCA or SSRI. Discontinue sertraline, fluvoxamine and paroxetine for 14 days before beginning an MAOI. Wait 5-6 weeks after discontinuing fluoxetine because of the long half-life of norfluoxetine. B. Opioids: Opiate analgesics, especially meperidine, may lead to autonomic instability, delirium and death. C. Sympathomimetics: Sympathomimetic agents such as amphetamines, cocaine, ephedrine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, isoproterenol, methylphenidate, oxymetazoline, phenylephrine, and metaraminol can lead to a hypertensive crisis. D. Antihypertensives: Antihypertensive agents can further increase the likelihood of hypotension. E. Oral Hypoglycemics: MAOIs can potentiate decreases in blood glucose when combined with oral hypoglycemics.
Phenelzine (Nardil) Indications: Effective for atypical depression. Also used for anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder with agoraphobia, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Preparations: 15 mg tablets. Dosage: Initial dosage: 15 mg bid; increase by 15 mg/day each week. Average dosage: 30-60 mg/day. Dosage range: 15-90 mg/day. Elderly: Start with 7.5-15 mg/day; max 60 mg/day. Therapeutic Levels: Not established. Clinical Guidelines: Major morbidity and mortality risks are associated with MAOI use. Phenelzine is associated with a higher incidence of weight gain, drowsiness, dry mouth, and sexual dysfunction than tranylcypromine.
Tranylcypromine (Parnate) Indications: Approved for atypical depression. Also used for anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder with agoraphobia, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Preparations: 10 mg tablets. Dosage: Initial dosage: 10 mg bid. Increase by 10 mg/day each week. Average dosage: 20-40 mg/day. Dosage range: 10-60 mg/day. Elderly: Start with 5-10 mg/day; max 30-40 mg/day. Therapeutic Levels: Not established. Clinical Guidelines: Major morbidity and mortality risks are associated with MAOI use. Tranylcypromine is associated with less weight gain, drowsiness, dry mouth, and sexual dysfunction than phenelzine. Tranylcypromine is more likely to cause insomnia than phenelzine. References, see page 109.
Antipsychotics Clinical Use of Antipsychotics I. Indications: A. Antipsychotic agents (also referred to as neuroleptics) are indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Antipsychotics are also used for schizoaffective disorder, mood disorders with psychotic symptoms, and brief psychotic disorder. They often improve functioning in patients with dementia or delirium when psychotic symptoms are present. These agents are also frequently used for treatment of substance-induced psychotic disorders and in psychotic symptoms associated with certain personality disorders (borderline). II. Pharmacology A. Typical and atypical antipsychotics are distinguished by the unique receptor-binding profiles of antipsychotics with dopamine and serotonin receptors. While typical antipsychotic agents had been the first-line treatment for schizophrenia, atypical antipsychotics have replaced the typical agents because of their greater tolerability and increased efficacy. B. The efficacy of typical antipsychotic agents is primarily related to their binding to dopamine D2 receptors. 1. Typical antipsychotic agents may be divided into high-, moderate- and low-potency categories based on their level of dopamine receptor antagonism. 2. All agents within the typical antipsychotic category are equally effective. a. High-potency agents have the highest affinity for D2 receptors and are effective at relatively lower doses. b. Low-potency agents have lower D2 affinity and require larger doses to elicit an antipsychotic effect. C. Atypical agents (serotonin-dopamine antagonists, SDAs) are distinguished by their prominent antagonism at the serotonin 2A receptor in addition to D2 blockade. 1. The ratio of serotonin to dopamine blockade is generally high for these agents. These agents are also unique in that there appears to be more selectivity for the mesolimbic dopamine pathway, which is thought to be a site of antipsychotic action. 2. There is relatively less action on the nigrostriatal pathway where extrapyramidal side effects are thought to originate. D. These drugs have a therapeutic dose range that allows for the antipsychotic effect without inducing significant extrapyramidal symptoms. 1. Clozapine is an antagonist of serotonin-2A, alpha-1, dopamine-1, 2, and 4 receptors. Clozapine also possesses significant antihistamine and anticholinergic properties, leading to a side-effect profile similar to that of the typical low-potency agents. 2. Aripiprazole is a unique atypical agent in that it is a partial dopamine agonist (D2 receptor). It is a serotonin 2A receptor antagonist but is also a partial serotonin 1A agonist. 3. Serotonin-dopamine antagonists include risperidone (Risperdal), olanzapine (Zyprexa), ziprasidone (Geodon), and quetiapine (Seroquel). E. Pharmacokinetics 1. After oral absorption, peak plasma levels of antipsychotics usually occur within 2-4 hours. Liquid preparations are absorbed more quickly. IM injections reach peak levels in 30-60 minutes. 2. Antipsychotic agents undergo extensive hepatic metabolism. Typically 50% of the antipsychotic is excreted via the enterohepatic circulation and 50% is excreted through the kidneys. 3. Antipsychotics are 85-90% protein bound and highly lipophilic. 4. Half-lives generally range from 5-50 hours. Steady state plasma levels are established in 4-10 days. 5. Switching: When changing to an atypical antipsychotic, switching should employ the cross-titration method. The new medication should be added while the former medication is usallly tapered over time (2-3 weeks). III. Clinical Guidelines A. Choosing an Antipsychotic Agent 1. In general, the choice of neuroleptic should be made based on past history of neuroleptic response and side effects. 2. Atypical antipsychotics have gained acceptance as firstline drugs for treatment of psychosis. They provide a superior long-term outcome in treatment of schizophrenia compared to typical antipsychotics. At least two weeks of treatment is required before a significant antipsychotic effect is achieved. 3. Poor response of negative symptoms (affective flattening) is an indication for a trial of an atypical agent. Negative symptoms can be caused by treatment with typical neuroleptics. 4. Patients with tardive dyskinesia (TD) should be considered
for treatment with an atypical agent to avoid progression of neurological impairment. a. Clozapine is not associated with tardive dyskinesia. b. Olanzapine (Zyprexa), risperidone (Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel) and ziprasidone (Geodon) have significantly reduced incidences of tardive dyskinesia. B. Efficacy 1. Positive Symptoms: With the exception of clozapine, no differences have been clearly shown in the efficacy of typical and atypical agents in the treatment of positive symptoms (eg, hallucinations, delusions, disorganization). Clozapine is more effective than typical agents. 2. Negative Symptoms: Atypical agents may be more effective in the treatment of negative symptoms (eg, affective flattening, anhedonia, avolition) associated with psychotic disorders. 3. Treatment-Resistant Psychosis: Clozapine is the only antipsychotic with substantial data to support efficacy in treatment-resistant psychosis. Thirty percent of poor responders to typical agents show significant improvement when treated with clozapine. 4. Bipolar Disorder: Quietapine, olanzapine and risperidone are FDA-approved for the treatment of acute mania. Substantial data also supports the efficacy of ziprasidone and aripiprazole. Olanzapine has an indication for maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder. IV.Adverse Drug Reactions A. Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a long-term, often permanent, neurological impairment resulting from extensive use of typical antipsychotics. TD is characterized by involuntary, irregular movements that can affect any striated muscle in the body including the diaphragm. Atypical agents have minimal risk of TD. B. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome is an uncommon, yet potentially fatal, adverse reaction to typical antipsychotics. Although some risk of neuroleptic malignant syndrome may be present with risperidone use, this risk is minimal with clozapine. C. Metabolic Side Effects 1. Atypical antipsychotics are associated with type II diabetes and hyperlipidemia. This association has been based primarily on case-series and has led to significant controversy. 2. A consensus statement was issued jointly by the American Psychiatric Association, American Diabetes Association, American Academy of Clinical Endocrinology and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity summarizing the available data (see table below). The FDA, however, has required product labeling for all atypicals to include warnings about the risk of hyperglycemia and diabetes. There have been reports of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). D. Side Effects 1. The typical antipsychotics have traditionally been classified according to their potency. Low-potency typical antipsychotic agents and clozapine have more troublesome side effects than high-potency agents because of greater antagonism of cholinergic, adrenergic and histaminergic receptors. 2. High-potency typical agents, however, have more frequent extrapyramidal side effects because of potent antagonism of dopamine receptors. The atypical agents generally have much lower antagonism of cholinergic, adrenergic and histaminergic receptors. Side-effect profiles resulting from antagonism of these receptor pathways is summarized as follows: a. Muscarinic (cholinergic): Dry mouth, constipation, urinary retention, blurred vision, precipitation of narrow angle glaucoma, ECG changes. b. Alpha-1-adrenergic: Orthostatic hypotension, lightheadedness, tachycardia, sedation and sexual dysfunction. c. Histamine-1: Sedation, weight gain, fatigue. d. Dopamine-2: Extrapyramidal Parkinsonian symptoms (eg, dystonic reactions, masked facies, tremor, shuffling gait); hyperprolactinemia (not with clozapine), dystonic reaction, akathisia (restlessness). e. Serotonin-1C: May mediate weight gain for some atypical agents (olanzapine). f. Non-Specific Side Effects: Include hyperthermia, hypothermia, hepatitis, jaundice, photosensitivity, lowered seizure threshold, hematologic changes, hepatitis, and rash. E. Management of Side Effects 1. Metabolic Side Effects: Type II diabetes and hyperlipidemia may occur. At baseline, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and fasting glucose and lipids should be measured and monitored periodically (see table below). 2. If diabetes or hyperlipidemia develop, patients should be switched to atypical agents associated with less weight gain and diabetes. If switching is not possible, lifestyle modifications are recommended, and the patient should be monitored closely.
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3. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) is an uncommon side effect with a possible fatal outcome. NMS is marked by elevated temperature, autonomic instability, delirium, and rigid muscle tone, developing over 24-72 hours. Risk factors for neuroleptic malignant syndrome include dehydration, heat exhaustion, and poor nutrition. 4. Agranulocytosis is most common with clozapine (1-2% incidence). Clozapine should be discontinued if the WBC drops below 3,000/mcL or 50% of the patient's normal level, or if the absolute granulocyte count drops below 1,500/mcL. 5. Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is a neurological impairment, primarily limited to patients with a history of chronic typical neuroleptic administration (greater than two months). Tardive dyskinesias may not resolve after discontinuation of the neuroleptic and may be permanent. TDs are characterized by involuntary jerking movements of the face, trunk, neck or extremities. Risk for TD increases by 1% with each year of typical antipsychotic treatment. Treatment may include the following: a. Quantify the degree of neurological dysfunction with the abnormal involuntary movement scale (AIMS). b. Reduce or stop antipsychotic if possible. c. If continued antipsychotic is necessary, consider a change to an atypical agent. 6. Dystonic reactions are characterized by painful, acute involuntary muscle spasms. They are common side effects of typical antipsychotic agents. Dystonic reactions commonly involve the extremities, neck (torticollis), and ocular muscles (oculogyric crisis). The muscle contractions are not life-threatening unless they involve airway passages (eg, larynx) and lead to airway obstruction. Treatment may include: a. Intramuscular or Intravenous Antiparkinsonian Agent (1) Benztropine (Cogentin), 1-2 mg PO, IM, IV OR (2) Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), 50 mg PO, IM, IV. b. Consider change of antipsychotic. Prophylaxis against further episodes of dystonia is accomplished with an oral anticholinergic agent such as benztropine (Cogentin), 2 mg PO bid for 1-2 months. If dystonic reactions occur after discontinuing the anticholinergic agent, longer prophylactic treatment should be provided (eg, 3-6 months). 7. Drug-induced parkinsonian symptoms include bradykinesia, tremor, cogwheel rigidity, masked facies, and shuffling gait. Treatments include: a. Decreasing antipsychotic dose. b. Use of anticholinergic drug (eg, benztropine). c. Changing to lower-potency or atypical agent. d. Tremor can be treated with propranolol, 10-40 mg PO bid to qid. 8. Akathisia is characterized by an intense sense of restlessness or anxiety. Treatments include: a. Decreasing antipsychotic dose. b. Trial of anticholinergic agent (eg, benztropine 2 mg PO bid). c. Trial of beta-adrenergic antagonist such as propranolol,
10-40 mg PO bid to qid. d. Trial of a benzodiazepine, such as clonazepam, 0.5 mg PO bid. e. Consider changing to lower-potency or atypical agent. F. Overdose 1. Death is uncommon with antipsychotic overdose. Risk of fatality is increased with concurrent use of alcohol or other CNS depressants. 2. Mesoridazine, pimozide and thioridazine are associated with a greatest risk of fatality because of heart block and ventricular tachycardia. 3. CNS depression, hypotension, seizures, fever, ECG changes, hypothermia, and hyperthermia are possible. 4. Treatment may include gastric lavage, catharsis, IV diazepam for treatment of seizure, and medical treatment of hypotension. G. Drug Interactions 1. Antacids and cimetidine. Absorption of antipsychotics may be inhibited. 2. Anticholinergics, antihistamines, antiadrenergics. Additive effects. 3. Antihypertensives may potentiate hypotension; antipsychotics may inhibit neuronal uptake of clonidine. 4. Anticonvulsants may induce metabolism and decrease level of antipsychotic; phenothiazines may decrease metabolism or increase the level of phenytoin. 5. Antidepressants (tricyclics and SSRIs) may reduce metabolism and increase levels of antipsychotics. 6. Antipsychotics may increase levels of tricyclics. 7. Barbiturates may reduce levels of antipsychotics by enzyme induction and may cause respiratory depression. 8. Bromocriptine may worsen psychotic symptoms. Antipsychotics will decrease effect of bromocriptine. 9. Cigarettes may increase metabolism and decrease level of antipsychotics. 10. CNS depressants (including benzodiazepines, narcotics, and alcohol) enhance sedative effects of antipsychotics. 11. Digoxin absorption may be increased. 12. Isoniazid may increase risk of hepatic toxicity. 13. L-Dopa. Effects blocked by dopamine antagonists. 14. Lithium. Possible risk of neuroleptic-induced encephalopathic syndrome or neurotoxicity. 15. MAOIs will potentiate hypotensive effects of antipsychotics. 16. Metrizamide decreases seizure threshold. Avoid concomitant use with typical agents. 17. Oral Contraceptives may increase levels of antipsychotics. 18. Stimulants. Amphetamine may worsen psychotic symptoms. Antipsychotics will lessen effects of stimulants. 19. Warfarin. Highly protein-bound, may alter antipsychotic levels; levels may be decreased, leading to decreased clotting time. H. Pre-Existing Medical Conditions 1. Cardiac History. Use high-potency agents (other than pimozide) or atypicals (other than clozapine) to avoid conduction abnormalities. Avoid ziprasidone in patients with QT prolongation. 2. Elderly patients are more sensitive to side effects; atypical drugs should be utilized initially. Most experience is with risperidone and quetiapine. If typical agents are used, start with a low dose of a high-potency agent (0.5 mg of haloperidol) and increase slowly. 3. Hematologic Disorder. Clozapine is contraindicated. 4. Hepatic, Renal, Cardiac, Respiratory Disease. Use antipsychotics with caution; monitor renal, cardiac, and liver function. 5. Parkinson's Disease. Atypical agents with lower incidence of EPS (quetiapine, ziprasidone, aripiprazole) are preferred due to selectivity for mesolimbic dopamine tract. 6. Prostatic Hypertrophy. Agents with high anticholinergic activity are contraindicated. 7. Seizure History. Molindone may have lower seizure risk than other antipsychotics. Atypicals are also indicated for patients with a seizure disorder. Avoid loxapine and clozapine. 8. Pregnancy. Typical antipsychotics may slightly increase risk of anomalies. There is insufficient data to evaluate the effect of atypical agents on the fetus. These agents are designated pregnancy category C. References, see page 109.
Atypical Antipsychotics I. Indications A. Atypical antipsychotics are indicated for psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, brief psychotic disorders, and psychotic symptoms associated with mood disorders, substance abuse, organic brain syndromes, dementia, and personality disorders. B. Clozapine has been demonstrated to be more effective for positive symptoms in treatment-resistant psychotic patients. II. Pharmacology A. The primary distinguishing property of the currently available atypical agents (serotonin-dopamine antagonists, SDAs) is prominent antagonism at the serotonin 2A receptor in addition to D2 blockade. B. The ratio of serotonin to dopamine blockade is generally high for these agents. These agents are unique in that there appears to be more selectivity for the mesolimbic dopamine pathway, which is thought to be important in mediating antipsychotic action. C. Atypical agents have relatively less action on the nigrostriatal pathway where extrapyramidal side effects are thought to originate. As a group these drugs have a therapeutic dose range that allows for the antipsychotic effect without inducing significant extrapyramidal symptoms. D. Aripiprazole (Abilify) is a partial dopamine D2 agonist, serotonin 2A antagonist and a serotonin 1A partial antagonist. E. Clozapine (Clozaril) is an antagonist of serotonin-2A, alpha-1, and dopamine-1, 2, and 4 receptors. Clozapine also possesses significant antihistamine and anticholinergic properties, resulting in a side-effect profile that is similar to that of the typical low-potency agents. F. Risperidone (Risperdal), olanzapine (Zyprexa), ziprasidone (Geodon) and quetiapine (Seroquel) are other available serotonin-dopamine antagonists. III.Clinical Guidelines A. Clozapine should be reserved for patients who have failed to respond to two different antipsychotics. B. Atypical agents are utilized as first-line treatment for psychosis. Atypical agents are also used if a patient develops significant side effects when treated with typical agents. These agents produce superior long-term outcomes compared to typical agents in the treatment of schizophrenia. C. Poor response of negative symptoms of psychosis is an indication for a trial of an atypical agent. Some negative symptoms can be caused by treatment with typical neuroleptics. For example, neuroleptic-induced Parkinsonism can be misinterpreted as flat affect. The atypical agents may be efficacious for primary negative symptoms. D. Patients with tardive dyskinesia (TD) should be considered for treatment with an atypical agent to avoid progression of neurological impairment. 1. Clozapine (Clozaril) is not associated with TD. 2. Aripiprazole (Abilify), olanzapine (Zyprexa), risperidone (Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel) and ziprasidone (Geodon) have a significantly reduced incidence of TD compared to the typical antipsychotics. IV. Treatment A. Initial treatment should be continued for 4-6 weeks. If there is no response after this period, a change to an alternate medication is warranted. B. Medically compromised patients. Atypical agents are indicated in patients with conditions that predispose increased sensitivity to side effects of typical agents (eg, dementia). V. Adverse Drug Reactions A. With the exception of clozapine the atypical agents are very well tolerated. There is a much lower occurrence of extrapyramidal symptoms. B. The atypical agents have a very low incidence of neuroleptic malignant syndrome and tardive dyskinesia. C. Type II diabetes and hyperlipidemia are associated with atypical antipsychotics (metabolic side effects). D. There is a suggestion from clinical trials in geriatric populations that risperidone and olanzapine are associated with an increased risk for ischemic stroke. Causality and generalization to other atypicals remains undetermined.
Aripiprazole (Abilify) Class: Dihydrocarbostyril Mechanism: Aripiprazole is a new partial agonist at the dopamine D2 and the serotonin 5-HT1A receptors, and it is an antagonist of the serotonin 5-HT2A receptor. I. Indications: Aripiprazole is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia and acute mania. It should be considered for patients who have experienced metabolic side effects from other antipsychotic agents. It is also indicated for patients with tardive dyskinesia or severe side effects caused by other neuroleptics. Because of its relatively low liability for increasing weight, and serum glucose or lipids, it should be considered a first-line agent.
Preparations: 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablets; no IM preparation is available. II. Dosage: A. Initial Dosage: 10-15 mg qAM and increased to 20 to 30 mg per day after 2-4 weeks if needed. B. Maintenance: 10-30 mg per day. C. Elderly: While aripiprazole clearance is reduced by 20% in patients over 65, no dosage adjustment is required or recommended. Begin with a lower dosage in debilitated elderly patients. III. Metabolism A. Half-life is 75 hours for aripiprazole and 94 hours for its active metabolite, dehydro-aripiprazole. Hepatic metabolism is mainly through CYP2D6 and CYP3A4. Poor metabolizers who lack CYP2D6 have an 80% increase in aripiprazole plasma levels and a 30% decrease in dehydro-aripiprazole levels compared to normal. B. Therapeutic Level: Not established. IV.Side-Effect Profile A. Side effects include headache, nausea and vomiting, which usually resolve within one week. The incidence of sedation is low but can occur at higher dosages. Anxiety and insomnia may occur, especially early in treatment. B. Orthostatic hypotension occurs rarely. The incidence of extrapyramidal symptoms is comparable to placebo. Aripiprazole does not appear to effect QTC intervals or serum prolactin. V. Clinical Guidelines: Aripiprazole is usually given in the morning due to lack of sedation compared to other agents. Aripiprazole has a low liability for weight gain, or changes in glucose or lipid levels. VI.Drug Interactions A. Coadminisration of aripiprazole with potent inhibitors of CYP2D6, such as quinidine, fluoxetine or paroxetine, can markedly increase blood levels (112% with quinidine) and requires dosage adjustment to one-half of its normal dosage. B. Ketoconazole or other potent inhibitors of CYP3A4 require adjusting aripiprazole to one-half of its normal dosage. C. Carbamazepine, a CYP 3A4 inducer, can lower plasma aripiprazole levels and the dose of aripiprazole should be doubled when co-administered with carbamazepine. D. Aripiprazole does not appear to effect levels of other cytochrome P450 substrates metabolized by CYP2D6,CYP2C9, CYP2C19, or CYP3A4.
Clozapine (Clozaril) Class: Dibenzodiazepine Mechanism: Multiple receptor antagonism occurs with the serotonin 5HT2A receptor, and dopamine D1, D2, and D4 receptors. Indications: Psychotic disorders that are refractory to treatment with typical antipsychotics. This agent is used for patients with tardive dyskinesia or severe side effects associated with other neuroleptics. Preparations: 12.5 mg (unscored) 25, 100 mg scored tablets. I. Dosage Initial Dosage: 25 mg bid, then increase by 25-50 mg every 2-3 days to achieve total daily dose of 300-600 mg. Dose may need to be given tid if side effects occur. Maintenance: 400-600 mg/day; some patients may require higher doses, but rarely more than 900 mg/day. Metabolism: Half-life 11 hours, hepatic metabolism, CYP1A2. Therapeutic Level: >350 ng/mL. II. Clinical Guidelines A. Clozapine does not cause tardive dyskinesia or neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Clozapine is often effective against symptoms that are resistant to typical agents. It is more effective than typical agents in treatment of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. B. Clozapine may decrease the risk of suicide in schizophrenia and an FDA advisory panel has recommended expanding the indications for clozapine to include suicide prevention. WBC should be monitored weekly for the first 3 months of treatment. Thereafter, monitoring can be reduced to every 2 weeks.
III. Side-Effect Profile: Orthostatic hypotension (high), sedation (high), anticholinergic (high), extrapyramidal symptoms (absent). Most common side effects are sedation, dizziness, hypotension, tachycardia, constipation, hyperthermia, hypersalivation. Hypersalivation can be treated with anticholinergic agents. IV.Contraindications: Clozapine is contraindicated in patients with granulocytopenia or a history of agranulocytosis induced by clozapine. Do not use clozapine with drugs that suppress bone marrow or have a risk of agranulocytosis (eg, carbamazepine, sulfonamides). V. Adverse Effects A. Clozapine has a 1-2% incidence of agranulocytosis. Patients should be instructed to promptly report the onset of fever, sore throat, weakness or other signs of infection. Discontinue the drug if the WBC drops below 3,000/mcL, or 50% of patient's normal count, or if granulocyte count drops below 1,500/mcL. Once the WBC normalizes, the patient may be rechallenged. Patient should not be rechallenged if WBC falls below 2,000/mcL or granulocyte count falls below 1,000/mcL. B. A 5% incidence of seizure has been noted in patients taking more than 600 mg/day of clozapine. If seizures develop, discontinue drug use and consider restarting with concurrent use of divalproex (Depakote). C. Rare myocarditis (5-100 cases/100,000 patient years) has been seen, especially during, but not limited to the first month of clozapine treatment. Consider myocarditis if patients present with unexplained fatigue, dyspnea, tachypnea, fever, chest pain, palpitations, other signs of heart failure, or ECG changes (ST-T wave abnormalities or arrhythmias). D. Use clozapine with caution and at low doses in patients with hepatic or renal disease. E. Monitor patients for hypotension and tachycardia. When discontinuing clozapine, the dosage should be tapered over two weeks because cholinergic rebound may occur. VI. Drug Interactions A. Cimetidine (Tagamet) may increase clozapine levels. Ranitidine (Zantac) should be used instead. B. Fluvoxamine can double clozapine levels. C. TCAs can increase risk for seizures, cardiac changes, sedation.
Risperidone (Risperdal) Class: Benzisoxazole. Mechanism: Antagonist of serotonin-2A, dopamine-2 and alpha-1 receptors. Preparations: 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4 mg tablets (1 mg tablet is scored); 1 mg/mL oral soln; long-acting IM preparation (Consta): 25, 37.5 mg and 50 mg vials; disintegrating tablet (M-tab): 0.5, 1, and 2 mg tabs. I. Dosage A. Initial Dosage: 1 mg bid, then increase by 1 mg every 2-3 days to 2-3 mg bid. B. Acute Agitation: No acute IM dose available. C. Maintenance: 2-8 mg bid, many patients can be treated with 4 mg given as a single dose. D. Long-Acting IM Formulation (Consta): 25-50 mg IM every month (no evidence to increase beyond 50 mg). E. Elderly: reduced dosage (0.5-4 mg/day). F. Metabolism: Half-life is 3-20 hours. Hepatic metabolism to an active metabolite. Renal clearance. No risperidone-specific drug interactions. G. Therapeutic Level: Not established. II. Clinical Guidelines A. Risperidone is generally very well tolerated. A low incidence of extrapyramidal symptoms is associated with doses less than 6 mg. Risperidone may be given as a once-a-day dose. B. There is increasing experience with successful use of risperidone in elderly populations. There have been a number of case reports of neuroleptic malignant syndrome. III. Side-Effect Profile A. Orthostatic hypotension and reflex tachycardia (alpha 1 receptor mediated, minimized with slow upward titration), insomnia, and agitation are the most frequent side effects. B. The incidence of extrapyramidal symptoms is very low. Risperidone can cause weight gain and increase prolactin levels (usually not clinically significant).
Olanzapine (Zyprexa, Zydis) Class: Thienobenzodiazepine Mechanism: Antagonist of serotonin-2A, dopamine-1, 2, 3, 4, alpha-1, histamine-1, and muscarinic-1 receptors. Preparations: Zyprexa: 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 15 mg tablets. Zydis: 10, 15 and 20 mg orally disintegrating tablets. IM Zyprexa (for acute use) 10 mg. Dosage: Initial dosage: 10 mg/day. Range: 10-40 mg/day. IM: 5 -10 mg IM every 2 hours (maximum dose not determined).
Therapeutic Level: Not established. I. Metabolism: Half-life is 21-50 hours. Hepatic metabolism (primarily through CYP450 1A2) to inactive metabolites. Olanzapine levels are decreased by tobacco use and by carbamazepine (1A2 induction). Olanzapine levels may be increased by fluvoxamine (1A2 inhibition). Dose should be reduced in the elderly. Olanzapine levels tend to be higher in females. II. Clinical Guidelines A. Very well tolerated. No titration is required and many patients can be treated with once-a-day dosing. Weight gain can occur. Doses beyond 20 mg/day may be required in many patients because of pharmacokinetic variability. B. Patients should be monitored for type II diabetes and hyperlipidemia and other metabolic side effects. III. Side-Effect Profile A. Most common side effects are drowsiness, dry mouth, akathisia, and insomnia. Less frequent are orthostatic hypotension, lightheadedness, nausea, and tremor. Weight gain is common with olanzapine as are increases in lipids and plasma glucose. B. There are reports of new-onset diabetes and diabetic ketoacidosis. Despite a similar chemical structure to clozapine, there is no evidence of hemotoxicity.
Quetiapine (Seroquel) Class: Dibenzothiazepine. Mechanism: Quetiapine (Seroquel) is an antagonist at the serotonin-2A, dopamine-2, alpha-1 and 2, and histamine-1 receptors. Preparations: 25, 100, 200, and 300 mg tablets. Dosage: Initial dosage for acute psychosis: 100 mg bid, increased by 50-100 mg every 1 to 3 days to a total daily dose of 600-800 mg Elderly: Clearance is reduced by 40% in elderly; dosage should be reduced in the elderly. Therapeutic Level: Not established. Metabolism: Half-life is 6 hours, hepatic metabolism (CY50 3A4), no active metabolites. Low potential for drug interactions. I. Clinical Guidelines A. May be effective for primary negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Well tolerated. No anticholinergic side effects. Very low incidence of extrapyramidal symptoms. No sustained elevation of prolactin. Requires bid or tid dosing. Patients should be monitored for type II diabetes, hyperlipidemia and other metabolic side effects. B. There is significant off-label usage of quetiapine at much lower doses for agitation associated with dementia, delirium, anxiety disorders, insomnia and borderline personality disorder. II. Side-Effect Profile A. Orthostatic hypotension may occur during initial dose titration due to alpha-blockade. Somnolence and weight gain may occur. Dyspepsia, abdominal pain, and dry mouth may also occur. B. There are reports of new onset diabetes and diabetic ketoacidosis.
Ziprasidone (Geodon) I. Pharmacology A. Class: Benzisothiazolyl piperazine. B. Indications: Psychotic disorders. C. Mechanism: D2, D3, 5HT2A, 5HT1A antagonism; also blocks reuptake of monoamines. D. Preparations: 20,40, 60 and 80 mg capsules, IM formulation (acute use): 20 mg/mL single-dose vial. E. Maintenance Dosage: Target dose is 80 mg bid; some patients benefit from doses greater than 160 mg/day. F. IM Preparation: 10 mg IM every 2 hours or 20 mg IM every 4 hours to maximum daily dose of 40 mg. G. Therapeutic Level: Not established. H. Metabolism: Inactive metabolites, half-life 4 hours. Low potential for drug interactions. II. Clinical Guidelines A. Very low incidence of extrapyramidal symptoms. Prolactin elevation is minimal. The incidence of weight gain, lipid abnormalities and glucose intolerance is lower than that seen with other atypical antipsychotics. B. While there are no reports linking ziprasidone to cardiac arrhythmias, caution should be exercised in patients with preexisting increased QT interval (from medications or cardiac disease). These patients should have a baseline ECG. QT prolongation has not been observed with the IM formulation. C. Side-Effect Profile: Dizziness, nausea, and postural hypotension are the most common side effects. Prolactin elevation can occur. Sedation is more common with the IM preparation.
High-Potency Antipsychotics Side-Effect Profile: Orthostatic hypotension, sedation, and anticholinergic. Extrapyramidal symptoms are frequent. Clinical Guidelines: High-potency agents have less sedative, hypotensive and anticholinergic side effects. Many patients require concurrent use of an antiparkinsonian agent (eg, benztropine) to control extrapyramidal symptoms. Due to diminishing use of these medications, availability of dosage forms and strengths may be limited.
Fluphenazine (Prolixin) Class: Piperazine. Indications: Psychotic disorders. Preparations: 1, 2.5, 5, 10 mg tablets; 2.5, 5 mg/mL oral solution; 2.5 mg/mL parenteral solution (IM); 25 mg/mL decanoate (IM). Dosage: Initial: 2.5-10 mg/day, may be titrated to 40 mg/day. Maintenance: 10-20 mg/day. Acute agitation: 2.5-5 mg IM, should not exceed daily dose of 10 mg IM Elderly: 0.5-2mg bid/tid. Chronic noncompliance: Switch to decanoate formulation. Give 12.5 mg IM of decanoate every two weeks for every 10 mg of oral dose. Potency: (equivalent to 100 mg chlorpromazine): 2 mg. Metabolism: Hepatic metabolism, half-life 10-20 hours. The decanoate formulation has a typical duration of action of 2 weeks. Therapeutic Level: Not established. Clinical Guidelines: Decanoate formulation available. Use of anticholinergic medication for EPS is common.
Haloperidol (Haldol) Class: Butyrophenone Indications: Psychotic disorders, Tourette’s Syndrome. Preparations: Haloperidol tablets: 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 mg. Haloperidol lactate: 2 mg/mL conc. (PO), 5 mg/mL soln. (IM- for acute use). Haloperidol decanoate: 50, 100 mg/mL (IM - depot). Dosage: Initial: 5-10 mg/day. Maintenance: 5-20 mg/day. Acute agitation: 5.0 - 10 mg IM. Should not exceed daily dose of 20 mg IM. Elderly: 0.5-2 mg bid/tid. Chronic noncompliance: Switch to haloperidol decanoate at 10-20 times the daily dose, given on monthly basis. Maximum initial dose of 100 mg/day IM. Give balance of dose 4-5 days later if necessary. Do not give more than 3 mL per injection site. Tourette’s disorder in children: 0.05- 0.1 mg/kg in 2 or 3 divided doses Potency: (equivalent to 100 mg chlorpromazine): 2 mg Metabolism: Hepatic metabolism to active metabolite. Half-life 10–20 hours. Duration of action of decanoate is approximately 4 weeks. Therapeutic Level: 5-20 ng/mL. Clinical Guidelines: High incidence of extrapyramidal symptoms.
Pimozide (Orap) Class: Diphenylbutylpiperidine. Indications: Psychotic disorders, Tourette's Syndrome. Preparations: 2.0 mg tablets. Dosage: Tourette's: 0.5-1 mg bid, then increase dose every other day as needed (max 0.2 mg/kg/day or 10 mg). Antipsychotic maintenance: 1-10 mg/day. Potency (equivalent to 100 mg chlorpromazine): 1 mg. Metabolism: Hepatic metabolism. Half-life 55 hours. Therapeutic Level: Not established. Contraindications: Pimozide is contraindicated in patients with a history of cardiac arrhythmia or with drugs that prolong QT interval. Major Safety Concerns: Clinical Guidelines: Pimozide may cause ECG changes, including prolongation of QT interval, T-wave inversion, and appearance of U waves and alter effects of antiarrhythmic agents. Cardiac side effects of pimozide make haloperidol safer first-line treatment for Tourette's Syndrome. Use caution in patients with a history of hypokalemia. Not commonly used for psychosis.
Thiothixene (Navane) Class: Thioxanthene. Indications: Psychotic disorders. Preparations: Capsules: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 mg. Thiothixene hydrochloride: 5 mg/mL oral solution; 5 mg/mL parenteral (IM). Dosage: Initial dosage: 2-5 mg bid-tid. Titrate to 20-40 mg/day (max 60 mg/day). Maintenance: 5-20 mg/day. Acute agitation: 5 mg IM 4 hour prn. Elderly: 1-15 mg/day. Potency (equivalent to 100 mg chlorpromazine): 5 mg. Metabolism: Hepatic metabolism. Half-life 10-20 hours. Therapeutic Level: Not established. Some suggest 2-57 ng/mL. Clinical Guidelines: May produce ocular pigmentary changes. Periodic ophthalmological examination is recommended. Akathisia is commonly seen with this medication, which can be refractory to anticholinergic treatment.
Trifluoperazine (Stelazine) Class: Piperazine. Preparations: 1, 2, 5, 10 mg tablets; 10 mg/mL oral solution, 2 mg/mL soln. (IM). Dosage: Initial: 2-5 mg bid-tid. Titrate to 20-40 mg/day (max 60 mg/day). Maintenance: 5-20 mg/day. Acute agitation: 5 mg IM q 4 hour prn (max of 20 mg/day). Do not repeat dosage in less than 4 hrs. Elderly: 1-15 mg/day. Potency (equivalent to 100 mg chlorpromazine): 5 mg. Metabolism: Hepatic metabolism. Half-life 10–20 hours. Therapeutic Level: Not established. Clinical Guidelines: Associated with few ECG changes. References, see page 109.
Mid-Potency Antipsychotics Side-Effect Profile: Orthostatic hypotension (moderate), sedation (moderate), anticholinergic (moderate), extrapyramidal symptoms (high). Anticholinergic side effects of mid-potency agents lessen the need for medication to control extrapyramidal side effects. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, and dystonic reactions are possible. Due to diminishing use of these medications, availability of dosage forms and strengths may be limited.
Loxapine (Loxitane) Class: Dibenzoxapine. Preparations: 5, 10, 25, 50 mg capsules; 25 mg/mL oral solution: 50 mg/mL parenteral solution (IM). Dosage: Initial dosage: 10 mg bid. Titrate as needed to max of 250 mg/day in divided doses. Maintenance: 50-100 mg/day. Acute agitation: 12.5-50 mg IM q4-6h prn. Elderly: 5-25 mg/day. Potency (equivalent to 100 mg chlorpromazine): 12.5 mg. Metabolism: Hepatic metabolism to active metabolite. Half-life 5-15 hours. Therapeutic Level: Not established. Clinical Guidelines: Loxapine may be associated with a higher risk of seizure than other high- and mid-potency agents. Concurrent use with medications that lower the seizure threshold should be avoided or in patients at risk for seizures.
Molindone (Moban) Class: Dihydroindole Preparations: 5, 10, 25, 100 mg tablets; 20 mg/mL conc. (PO). Dosage: Initial: 15-20 mg tid. Titrate to 10-40 mg tid-qid (max 225 mg/day). Maintenance: 50-100 mg/day. Potency (equivalent to 100 mg chlorpromazine): 10 mg. Metabolism: Hepatic metabolism, half-life 10–20 hours. Therapeutic Level: Not established. Clinical Guidelines: Studies suggest molindone is associated with less weight gain, amenorrhea, and impotence than other typical antipsychotics. Molindone appears less likely to cause seizures than other antipsychotics.
Perphenazine (Trilafon) Class: Piperazine. Preparations: 2, 4, 8, 16 mg tablets; 16 mg/5 mL oral solution; 5 mg/mL parenteral solution (IM). Dosage: Initial: 4-8 mg tid, titrate to 8-16 mg bid-tid (max 64 mg/day). Maintenance: 4-40 mg/day. Acute agitation: 5-10 mg IM q 6h. prn (max 30 mg/day). Potency (equivalent to 100 mg chlorpromazine): 10 mg. Metabolism: Hepatic metabolism, half-life 10-20 hours. Therapeutic Level: Not established. Clinical Guidelines: Perphenazine has antiemetic properties. References, see page 109.
Low-Potency Antipsychotics Side-Effect Profile: High potentiation of anticholinergic, antihistaminic, antiadrenergic agents. Orthostatic hypotension (moderate), sedation (high), anticholinergic (moderate), extrapyramidal symptoms (low). Neuroleptic malignant syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, and dystonic reactions are possible. Higher risk than most other antipsychotics for ECG changes (including T-wave changes), jaundice, decreased libido, and retrograde ejaculation. Due to diminishing use of these medications, availability of dosage forms and strengths may be limited.
Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) Class: Aliphatic Phenothiazine. Preparations: Tablets: 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 mg; Slow-release capsules: 30, 75, 100, 200, 300 mg. Oral liquid preparations: 30 mg/mL and 100 mg/mL conc; 10 mg/5 mL syrup. Parenteral injection: 25 mg/mL (IM). Suppositories: 25, 100 mg (PR). Dosage: Initial: 10-50 mg PO bid-qid, titrate to 200-800 mg/day in divided doses (max 2000 mg/day). Acute agitation: 25-50 mg IM q 4-6h. Maintenance: 200-800 mg/day. Elderly: Not recommended due to orthostatic hypotension. Potency (equivalent to 100 mg chlorpromazine): 100 mg. Metabolism: Hepatic metabolism to many metabolites. Therapeutic Level: Not useful due to many active metabolites. A. Major Safety Concerns Higher risk than most other typical antipsychotics for seizure, cholestatic jaundice, photosensitivity, skin discoloration (bluish), and granular deposits in lens and cornea. Prolongation of QT and PR intervals, blunting of T-waves, ST segment depression can occur. Associated with a high incidence of hypotensive and anticholinergic side effects. B. Chlorpromazine has high lethality in overdose. It has a higher risk than many other antipsychotics for life-threatening agranulocytosis. Use chlorpromazine with caution in patients with a history of cardiovascular, liver, or renal disease. Avoid use in pregnancy (especially in first trimester). Clinical Guidelines: Can be used for treatment of nausea or vomiting (10-25 mg po qid; 25 mg IM qid; 100 mg suppository tid) and intractable hiccups (2550 mg qid).
Mesoridazine (Serentil) Class: Piperidine Preparations: 10, 25, 50, 100 mg tablets; 25 mg/mL oral solution; 25 mg/mL parenteral solution (IM). Dosage: Initial: 25-50 mg po tid. Titrate to 300 mg/day (max 400 mg/day). Acute agitation: 25-50 mg IM. Dose may be repeated q 4-6 hour. Maintenance: 100-400 mg/day. Elderly: Avoid because of hypotension risk. Potency (equivalent to 100 mg chlorpromazine): 50 mg. Metabolism: Hepatic metabolism to many metabolites. Half-life 2448 hours. Therapeutic Level: Not established. Major Safety Concerns: Because of its association with QT prolongation and subsequent increased risk for fatal arrhythmias, mesoridazine is reserved for only those patients who have not responded to other antipsychotic agents.
Thioridazine (Mellaril) Class: Piperidine Preparations: 10, 15, 25, 50, 100, 150, 200 mg tablets; 5 mg/mL, 30 mg/mL and 100 mg/mL oral solution. Dosage: Initial dosage: 25-100 mg tid; titrate to 100-400 mg bid (max 800 mg/day) Maintenance: 200-800 mg/day; never exceed 800 mg/day. No IM form available. Elderly: avoid because of hypotension risk. Potency (equivalent to 100 mg chlorpromazine): 100 mg. Metabolism: Hepatic metabolism to active metabolites including mesoridazine, half-life 10-20 hours. Therapeutic Level: Not established. Major Safety Concerns: Because of the association of thioridazine with significant QT prolongation and subsequent increased risk for fatal arrhythmias, thioridazine is reserved for only those patients
who have not responded to other antipsychotic agents. Permanent pigmentation of the retina (retinitis pigmentosa) and potential blindness occurs with doses above 800 mg/day. Life-threatening agranulocytosis rarely occurs. Retrograde ejaculation occurs more frequently with thioridazine. References, see page 109.
Anxiolytics Anxiolytic medications are used for the treatment of anxiety. Some have shown efficacy in the treatment of specific anxiety disorders. Antidepressants are also used in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Benzodiazepines I. Indications A. Benzodiazepines are used for the treatment of specific anxiety disorders, such as Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Adjustment Disorder with Anxious Mood (anxiety due to a specific stressful life event). All anxiolytic benzodiazepines can cause sedation. II. Pharmacology A. Benzodiazepines bind to benzodiazepine receptor sites, which are part of the GABA receptor. Benzodiazepine binding facilitates the action of GABA at the GABA receptor complex, which surrounds a chloride ion channel. GABA binding causes chloride influx into the neuron, with subsequent neuroinhibition. B. The benzodiazepines differ in their absorption rates, lipid solubility, metabolism and half-lives. These factors affect the onset of action, duration of action, drug interactions and sideeffect profile. C. The long half-life of diazepam, chlordiazepoxide, clorazepate, halazepam and prazepam (>100 hrs) is due to the active metabolite desmethyldiazepam. D. Most benzodiazepines are metabolized via the microsomal cytochrome P450 system in the liver. Hepatic metabolism involves discreet families of isozymes within the cytochrome system, and most benzodiazepines are metabolized by the 3A4 isoenzyme family. Notable exceptions to this are lorazepam, oxazepam, and temazepam. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Non-psychiatric causes of anxiety, including medical disorders, medications and substances of abuse, should be excluded before beginning benzodiazepine treatment. B. Selecting of a benzodiazepine should be based on the patient’s past response to medication, family history of medication response, medical conditions, current medications (drug interactions), and whether a long half-life or short half-life drug is required. Long half-life drugs can be given less frequently, and they have less serum fluctuation and less severe withdrawal. These agents have a higher potential for drug accumulation and daytime sedation. C. The initial dosage should be low and titrated up as necessary, especially when using long half-life drugs, since these may accumulate with multiple dosing over several days. The therapeutic dose for benzodiazepines is far below the lethal dose. Long-term use of benzodiazepines is associated with tolerance and dependence. Continued use of benzodiazepines for more than 3 weeks is associated with tolerance, dependence and a withdrawal syndrome. 1. Tolerance develops most readily to the sedative side effect of benzodiazepines. 2. Cross-tolerance may develop between benzodiazepines and other sedative hypnotic drugs, including alcohol. 3. Withdrawal symptoms include heightened anxiety, tremor, tremors, muscle twitching, sweating, insomnia, tachycardia, hypertension with postural hypotension, and seizures. D. Avoidance of an abstinence syndrome requires gradual tapering upon discontinuation. One-fourth of the dose per week is a general guideline. IV. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Side Effects: The most common side effect is sedation. Dizziness, ataxia and impaired fine motor coordination can also occur. Some patients complain of cognitive impairment. Anterograde amnesia has been reported, especially with benzodiazepines that reach peak levels quickly. B. Respiratory depression is rarely an issue, even in patients who overdose on benzodiazepines alone. However, patients who overdose with benzodiazepines and other sedativehypnotics (commonly alcohol) may experience respiratory depression. Patients with compromised pulmonary function are more sensitive to this effect and even therapeutic doses may cause respiratory impairment. C. Diazepam (Valium) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium) should not be used in patients with hepatic dysfunction because their metabolism will be impaired and toxicity risk increases.
D. Clonazepam should be avoided in patients with renal dysfunction because the metabolism of clonazepam will be impaired and the risk of toxicity will be high. V.Drug Interactions A. The concomitant use of benzodiazepines and other CNS depressant agents, including sedative-hypnotics, will enhance sedation and increase the risk of respiratory depression. Alcohol use should be limited. B. Most benzodiazepines are metabolized via the liver enzyme CYP3A4; therefore, any other drug also metabolized via this pathway may increase the level of the benzodiazepine (except lorazepam, oxazepam, and temazepam). Other agents that increase benzodiazepine levels include cimetidine, fluoxetine, ketoconazole, metoprolol, propranolol, estrogens, alcohol, erythromycin, disulfiram, valproic acid, nefazodone, and isoniazid. Benzodiazepine levels may be decreased by carbamazepine, rifampin (enzyme induction), and antacids (absorption). References, see page 109.
Alprazolam (Xanax) Indications: Panic Disorder, Social Phobia. Can be used in Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Adjustment Disorder with Anxious Mood. Preparations: 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 mg scored tablets: extended release (XR) : 0.5, 1, 2, 3 mg tablets. Dosage: 0.25-2 mg tid-qid. XR formulation allows for once-daily dosing. Elderly: Reduce dosage. Half-Life: Up to 12 hours. The clinical duration of action is short despite moderate serum half-life. Clinical Guidelines A. Fast onset provides quick relief of acute anxiety. Alprazolam has a relatively short duration of action and multiple dosing throughout the day is required (some patients require as much as qid dosing). It is associated with less sedation but a high incidence of inter-dose anxiety. B. The XR formulation is not associated with inter-dose anxiety, but will not prevent the development of withdrawal symptoms upon abrupt discontinuation. Dependence and withdrawal are serious problems with this drug. Since SSRIs and other antidepressants are as effective in anxiety disorders, alprazolam is no longer a first-line drug for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Pregnancy: Category D.
Chlordiazepoxide (Librium, Libritabs) Indications: Anxiety and alcohol withdrawal. Preparations: 5, 10, 25 mg capsules. Dosage: Anxiety: 5-25 mg tid-qid. Alcohol withdrawal: 25-50 mg every 2-4 hours (maximum 400 mg/day) prn. Dose range: 10-100 mg/day. Elderly: Avoid use. Half-Life: >100 hrs. Clinical Guidelines: This drug will accumulate with multiple dosing. Because this drug is metabolized by P450 isoenzymes, metabolism can be slowed in the elderly and patients with hepatic impairment. If used for anxiety, once-a-day dosing may be possible. Slower onset of action than Valium.
Clonazepam (Klonopin) Indications: Approved as an anticonvulsant. Used in Panic Disorder, Social Phobia and general anxiety. Useful in acute treatment of Mania. Preparations: 0.5, 1, 2 mg tablets; disintegrating wafer: 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 mg wafers. Dosage: Anxiety: 0.25-6 mg q day, in divided dose bid-tid. Mania: 0.25-10 mg q day, in divided dose bid-tid. Elderly: 0.25-1.5 mg q day. Half-Life: 20-50 hrs. No active metabolites. Clinical Guidelines: Rapid onset provides prompt relief. Clonazepam, has a long half-life and may be substituted for shorter acting benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam, in the treatment of benzodiazepine withdrawal and panic disorder. The long half-life of clonazepam allows for once-a-day dosing. Pregnancy: Category D.
Clorazepate (Tranxene) Indications: Anxiety. Preparations: 3.75, 7.5, 15 mg tablets; SD (extended release): 11.25, 22.5 mg tablets. Pharmacology: Clorazepate is metabolized to desmethyldiazepam in the GI tract and absorbed in this active form. Dosage: Anxiety: 7.5 mg tid or 15 mg qhs. Increase as needed; extendedrelease form can be used once daily. Dose range: 15-60 mg/day (maximum 90 mg/day). Elderly: Avoid use in the elderly. Half-Life: >100 hrs. Clinical Guidelines: This drug will accumulate with multiple dosing and over time. Because this drug is metabolized by P450 isoenzymes, metabolism can be slowed in the elderly and patients with hepatic impairment. If used for anxiety, once-a-day dosing may be possible.
Diazepam (Valium) Indications: Anxiety, alcohol withdrawal.
Preparations: 2, 5, 10 mg tablets; 15 mg capsules (sustained release); 5 mg/mL solution for IV use. IM administration is not recommended due to erratic incomplete absorption. Dosage: Anxiety: 2-40 mg/day divided bid-tid. Alcohol withdrawal: 5-10 mg q 2-4 hr prn withdrawal signs for first 24 hrs, then slow taper. Maximum of 60 mg/day. Dose range: 2-60 mg/day. Elderly: Use with caution because metabolism is significantly delayed. Half-Life: 100 hrs. Clinical Guidelines: Due to its long half-life, it will accumulate with multiple dosing. Because this drug is metabolized by CYP 450 isoenzymes, metabolism can be slowed in the elderly and patients with hepatic impairment. If used for anxiety, once-a-day dosing may be possible.
Lorazepam (Ativan) Indications: Anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and adjunct in the treatment of acute psychotic agitation. Preparations: 0.5, 1, 2 mg tablets; 2 mg/mL, 4 mg/mL soln (IV, IM). Lorazepam is the only benzodiazepine available in IM form that has rapid, complete, predictable absorption. Dosage: Anxiety: 0.5-6 mg/day (divided doses). Alcohol withdrawal: 0.5-2 mg q 2-4 hr prn signs of alcohol withdrawal; or 0.5-1.0 mg IM to initiate treatment. Maximum dose of 10 mg/day. Elderly: Metabolism is not significantly affected by age; elderly may be more susceptible to side effects. Half-Life: 15 hrs. No active metabolites. Clinical Guidelines: A. Metabolism is not P450 dependent and will only be affected when hepatic dysfunction is severe. The inactive glucuronide is renally excreted; it is the benzodiazepine of choice in patients with serious or multiple medical conditions. The metabolism of lorazepam is not affected by age. These properties make it ideal for alcohol withdrawal in a patient with liver dysfunction or who is elderly. B. Since the half-life is relatively short, accumulation with multiple dosing usually does not occur. The IM form is useful in rapid control of agitation, resulting from psychosis, or druginduced agitation. It is also widely used on an oral basis as a prn adjunct to fixed doses of antipsychotic medication. Pregnancy: Category D. References, see page 109.
Non-Benzodiazepine Anxiolytics Buspirone (BuSpar) Category: Anxiolytic. Non-benzodiazepine, non-sedative hypnotic. Mechanism: Serotonin 1A agonist. Indications: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). May be used to augment antidepressant treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Often useful in the treatment of aggression and agitation in dementia and in patients with developmental disabilities. Preparations: 5, 10, 15 and 30 mg tablets (15 mg and 30 mg tablets are scored for bisection or trisection). Dosage: Initial Dosage: 7.5 mg bid, then increase by 5 mg every 2-3 days as tolerated. Dose Range: 30-60 mg/day (maximum 60 mg/day). Elderly: 15-60 mg/day. Antidepressant Augmentation: 15-60 mg/day if a patient has a suboptimal response to a 4-6 week trial of an antidepressant. Half-Life: 2-11 hours. No active metabolites. Side Effects: Dizziness, headache, GI distress, fatigue. Clinical Guidelines: A. Buspirone lacks the sedation and dependence associated with benzodiazepines, and it causes less cognitive impairment than the benzodiazepines. It is less effective in patients who have taken benzodiazepines in the past because it lacks the euphoria and sedation that these patients may expect. B. Unlike benzodiazepines, buspirone does not immediately relieve anxiety. Onset of action may take 2 weeks. The patient may be started on a benzodiazepine and buspirone for two weeks, followed by slow tapering of the benzodiazepine. Pregnancy: Category B.
Hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril) Category: Antihistamine, mild anxiolytic. Mechanism: Histamine receptor antagonist, mild anticholinergic activity. Indications: Anxiety (short-term treatment), sometimes used to augment the sedative side effects of antipsychotics when given for acute agitation. Preparations: 10, 25, 50, 100 mg tablets; 10 mg/5 mL syrup; 50 mg/mL solution (IM, not IV). Dosage: Anxiety: 50-100 PO q 4-6 hrs. Acute agitation: 50-100 mg IM q 4-6 hrs. Side Effects: Dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, tremor, thickening of bronchial secretions, hypotension, decreased motor coordination. Drug Interactions: The sedative effect of hydroxyzine will be enhanced by the concomitant use of other sedative drugs. Similarly, the mild anticholinergic properties may be enhanced if another medication with anticholinergic properties is also taken. Clinical Guidelines: Hydroxyzine is not associated with dependence. It is a weak anxiolytic and only effective for short-term treatment of anxiety. It can be helpful as an adjunct to antipsychotic medications since it will potentiate the sedative side effects and reduce the risk of extrapyramidal side effects. References, see page 109.
Benzodiazepine Hypnotics Hypnotic medications are used for the treatment of insomnia. Choice of agent is determined by half-life. Short-acting hypnotics are best for the treatment of initial insomnia or difficulties with sleep onset. They are associated with less morning sedation. Long-acting agents are more useful for the treatment of late insomnia or difficulties in maintaining sleep. Long-acting agents are more likely to be associated with daytime sedation. I. Indications. Insomnia. II. Pharmacology A. The major difference between the anxiolytic and hypnotic benzodiazepines is the rate of absorption. B. Benzodiazepine hypnotics are rapidly absorbed from the GI tract and achieve peak serum levels quickly, resulting in rapid onset of sedation. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Hypnotics are recommended for short-term use only. Insomnia treatment should include exercise, stress reduction, sleep hygiene, and caffeine avoidance. B. Prolonged use of benzodiazepines (generally greater than 3 weeks) is associated with tolerance, dependence and withdrawal syndromes. C. The choice of benzodiazepine hypnotic is usually dictated by the need for sleep onset or sleep maintenance, half-life, and drug interactions. IV.Adverse Drug Reactions A. Daytime sedation or morning “hangover” is a major complaint when patients take hypnotics with long half-lives. Dizziness and ataxia may occur during the daytime or if the patient awakens during the night. Anterograde amnesia has also been reported. B. Benzodiazepines may depress respiration at high doses. Patients with compromised pulmonary function are more sensitive to this effect. V. Drug Interactions A. Other CNS depressant agents, including alcohol and sedative-hypnotics will enhance the sedative effect of hypnotic benzodiazepines. B. Since triazolam, estazolam, flurazepam and quazepam are metabolized via the liver enzyme, CYP3A4, concomitant use of medications that inhibit 3A4 will increase the half-life and potential for toxicity. Inhibitors of CYP3A4 include erythromycin, nefazodone, and ketoconazole.
Flurazepam (Dalmane) Indications: Insomnia. Preparations: 15, 30 mg tablets. Dosage: Insomnia: 15-30 mg qhs, less in elderly. Half-Life: 100 hrs. Clinical Guidelines: Fast onset is useful in the treatment of early insomnia. Long duration is useful in the treatment of late insomnia, but may result in morning sedation. Shorter half-life medications are preferable to flurazepam, especially in the elderly.
Temazepam (Restoril) Indication: Insomnia. Preparations: 7.5, 15, 30 mg capsules. Dosage: Insomnia: 7.5-30 mg qhs (less for elderly). Half-Life: 10-12 hrs. Clinical Guidelines: Short duration of action limits morning sedation.
Estazolam (ProSom) Indications: Insomnia. Preparations: 1, 2 mg tablets. Dosage: Insomnia: 1-2 mg qhs Elderly: 0.5-1.0 mg qhs. Half-Life: 17 hrs. Clinical Guidelines: Fast onset of action is useful for treatment of early insomnia. Medium half-life should help patients stay asleep throughout the night. Estazolam offers no real advantage over temazepam (Restoril). Estazolam is not commonly used.
Quazepam (Doral) Indications: Insomnia. Preparations: 7.5, 15 mg tablets. Dosage: Insomnia: 7.5-30 mg qhs. Elderly: 7.5 mg qhs. Half-Life: 100 hrs.
Clinical Guidelines: Long duration of action may result in morning sedation. It has no unique properties and is not commonly used.
Triazolam (Halcion) Indication: Insomnia. Preparations: 0.125, 0.25 mg tablets. Dosage: Insomnia: 0.125-0.25 mg qhs. Reduce dosage in elderly. Half-Life: 2-3 hrs. Clinical Guidelines: Ultra-short half-life results in minimal AM sedation. It is best for sleep initiation. Patients may report waking up after 3-4 hours when blood level drops. It is not recommended for patients who have trouble maintaining sleep throughout the night. Use should be limited to 10 days. Use with caution in the elderly. References, see page 113.
Non-Benzodiazepine Hypnotics Zolpidem (Ambien) Category: Non-benzodiazepine hypnotic. Mechanism: Binds to the GABA receptor but is a non-benzodiazepine. Indications: Insomnia. Preparations: 5, 10 mg tablets. Dosage: 10 mg qhs (5 mg for elderly). Half-Life: 2-3 hrs. Clinical Guidelines: Zolpidem has a rapid onset. It is especially useful for initiating sleep. Zolpidem is not associated with dependence or withdrawal. Side Effects: Dizziness, GI upset, nausea, vomiting. Anterograde amnesia and morning “hangover” occur at normal dosages. Drug Interactions: Potentiation of other CNS depressants (eg, alcohol). Higher serum levels reported in patients with hepatic insufficiency, but not with renal insufficiency. Pregnancy: Category B.
Zaleplon (Sonata) Category: Non-benzodiazepine hypnotic. Mechanism: Binds to the GABA receptor, but is a non-benzodiazepine. Indications: Insomnia. Preparations: 5, 10 mg tablets. Dosage: 10 mg qhs (5 mg for elderly). Half-Life: 1 hr. Clinical Guidelines: Zaleplon has a rapid onset of action. It is especially useful for initiating sleep and is not associated with dependence or withdrawal. Because of its short half-life, a repeat dose may be given. Side Effects: Dizziness, dyspepsia, and diarrhea. Drug Interactions: Potentiation of other CNS depressants (eg, alcohol). Higher serum levels have been reported in patients with hepatic insufficiency but not with moderate renal insufficiency. Cimetidine can increase serum levels. Pregnancy: Category C.
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Category: Antihistamine. Mechanism: Histamine receptor antagonist (sedation), acetylcholine receptor antagonist (extrapyramidal symptom control). Indications: Mild insomnia, neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal symptoms, antihistamine. Preparations: 25, 50 mg tablets; 25, 50 mg capsules; 10 mg/mL and 50 mg/mL soln. (IM, IV), 12.5 mg/5 mL elixir (PO). Dosage: Insomnia: 50 mg PO qhs. Extrapyramidal symptoms: 25-50 mg PO bid, for acute extrapyramidal. symptoms 25-50 mg IM or IV. Half-Life: 1-4 hrs. Clinical Guidelines: Diphenhydramine is a very weak sedative, and it is minimally effective as a hypnotic. It is non-addicting. Side Effects: Dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, tremor, thickening of bronchial secretions, hypotension, decreased motor coordination, GI distress. May cause exacerbation of narrow angle glaucoma and prostatic hypertrophy. Drug Interactions: Diphenhydramine has an additive effect when used with other sedatives and other medications with anticholinergic activity. MAOI use is contraindicated within 2 weeks of diphenhydramine.
Chloral Hydrate (Noctec, Somnote) Category: Sedative-hypnotic. Mechanism: CNS depression, specific mechanism is unknown. Indications: Insomnia. Preparations: 500 mg capsules. Dosage: 500-1000 mg qhs (short-term only). Half-Life: 8 hrs. Clinical Guidelines: Tolerance and dependence regularly develop with consistent use. It is highly lethal in overdose and can cause hepatic and renal damage. The use of chloryl hydrate has decreased because benzodiazepines are equally effective and are much safer. Side Effects: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, daytime sedation and impaired coordination. Interactions: IV furosemide may cause flushing and labile blood pressure. Additive effects when given with other CNS depressants. References, see page 109.
Barbiturates Barbiturate use has diminished since the introduction of benzodiazepines because of the lower therapeutic index and high abuse potential. I. Indications A. There are very few psychiatric indications for barbiturates because benzodiazepines are safer and equally effective. The phenobarbital challenge test is used to quantify sedativehypnotic abuse in patients abusing multiple sedative hypnotics, including alcohol. B. Given the availability of equally effective and safer benzodiazepines, it is difficult to justify the use of barbiturates. II. Pharmacology A. Barbiturates bind to barbiturate receptor sites, which are part of the GABA receptor. Barbiturate binding facilitates the action of GABA at the GABA receptor complex, resulting in inhibition. B. Barbiturates induce hepatic microsomal enzymes and may reduce levels of other medications with hepatic metabolism. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Continued use of barbiturates for more than 3-4 weeks is associated with tolerance, dependence and a withdrawal syndrome. 1. Tolerance develops to the sedative side effects. Crosstolerance between barbiturates and other sedative hypnotic drugs, including alcohol, may develop. 2. Withdrawal symptoms include: heightened anxiety, tremor, muscle twitching, sweating, insomnia, tachycardia, hypertension with postural hypotension and seizures. 3. The severity of withdrawal is determined by the rate of decreasing serum level. Faster rates of decline are associated with more severe withdrawal. B. Avoidance of an abstinence syndrome requires gradual tapering upon discontinuation. A long half-life benzodiazepine (eg, clonazepam) helps to reduce the severity of withdrawal. C. Barbiturates should not be used in pregnancy. Infants born to habituated mothers may have respiratory depression at birth and will have withdrawal symptoms. IV.Adverse Drug Reactions A. The most common side effect is sedation and impaired concentration. Dizziness, ataxia and impaired fine motor coordination can also occur. B. Barbiturates should not be used in patients with hepatic dysfunction because their metabolism will be impaired and toxicity may occur. Barbiturates are contraindicated in patients with acute intermittent porphyria because they may cause the production of porphyrins. V. Drug Interactions A. The concomitant use of benzodiazepines and CNS depressant agents, including sedative-hypnotics, will enhance sedation and increase the risk of respiratory depression. Alcohol use should be limited. B. Barbiturates enhance the metabolism of a number of commonly used medications because they induce hepatic enzymes. Reduced effectiveness of anticoagulants, tricyclic antidepressants, propranolol, carbamazepine, estrogen (oral contraceptives), corticosteroids, quinidine, and theophylline can occur. C. The effect of barbiturates on phenytoin metabolism is unpredictable, phenytoin levels should be monitored. Valproate inhibits barbiturate metabolism.
Amobarbital Preparations: 30, 50, 100 mg tablets; 65, 200 mg capsules; 250 mg/5 mL, 500 mg/5 mL solution (IM, IV). Dosage: Sedation: 50-100 PO or IM. Hypnosis: 50-200 mg IV (max 400 mg/day). Half-Life: 8-42 hrs. Clinical Guidelines: Lorazepam has largely replaced the use of amobarbital for emergent control of psychotic agitation. The use of amobarbital in clinical diagnosis has also decreased.
Pentobarbital Preparations: 50, 100 mg capsules. Dosage: 200 mg PO. Half-Life: 15-48 hrs. Pentobarbital Challenge Test: A. The pentobarbital challenge test is a useful method of quantifying the daily intake of sedative hypnotics. Patients are given 200 mg orally and, after one hour, the level of intoxication is assessed. If there are no signs of intoxication, 100 mg is given, and the patient is reassessed after one hour.
B. The procedure is repeated every two hours until signs of intoxication occur (nystagmus is the most sensitive sign and sleep is the most obvious sign). Maximum dose 600 mg. The dose required to show signs of intoxication is the equivalent dose to the daily habit of sedative hypnotics. Substitute a long half-life drug in divided doses and gradually taper by 10% per day. References, see page 109.
Mood Stabilizers Mood stabilizers are used for the treatment of mood episodes associated with bipolar and schizoaffective disorder as well as maintenance therapy. These agents are also used for the treatment of cyclothymia and unipolar depression. Mood stabilizers can be helpful in the treatment of impulse control disorders, severe personality disorders, and behavioral disorders. Mood stabilizers include lithium and anticonvulsants. Atypical antipsychotics are indicated for treatment of mania and are being studied for their use in maintenance therapy.
Lithium Carbonate (Eskalith, Lithobid, Lithonate, Eskalith CR) I. Indications A. Lithium is effective in the treatment of the acute manic phase of bipolar disorder as well as maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder. Lithium is more effective in the treatment of the manic episodes of bipolar disorder than in the depressed episodes. It is often necessary to add antidepressants to lithium when treating bipolar depressed patients. B. Lithium is also used clinically for schizoaffective disorder and severe cyclothymia. C. In depressed patients who have not responded to antidepressants, lithium augmentation may enhance response. Lithium augmentation may be a useful treatment strategy in some patients with schizophrenia who do not respond adequately to antipsychotics. D. Lithium may be helpful in treating borderline personality disorder and certain impulse control disorders, such as intermittent explosive disorder and behavioral disturbances. II. Pharmacology A. Lithium may act by blocking inositol-1-phosphatase in neurons with subsequent interruption of the phosphatidylinositol second messenger system. B. Lithium is excreted by the kidneys. Impaired renal function or decreased fluid and salt intake can lead to toxicity. An agerelated reduction in creatinine clearance will lead to reduced lithium clearance in the elderly. Lower doses and close monitoring are required in the elderly. C. Preparations 1. Rapid absorption - Eskalith caps (300 mg), lithium carbonate caps and tabs (300 mg), Lithonate caps (300 mg), Lithotabs tabs (300 mg). 2. Slow release - Lithobid tabs (300 mg), Eskalith CR (450 mg). 3. Lithium citrate syrup: 8 mEq/5 mL (rapid absorption). D. Half-Life: 20 hrs. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Lithium is a first-line drug in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Valproate may also be used. Approximately 30% of patients with bipolar disorder will not respond to lithium. B. Pre-Lithium Work-Up: Non-psychiatric causes of mood disorder or manic symptoms should be excluded before initiating lithium, including medical disorders, medications and substances of abuse. Screening laboratory studies include a basic chemistry panel, thyroid function tests, CBC, and an EKG in patients who are over 40 years old or with pre-existing cardiac disease. In females of childbearing age, pregnancy should be excluded. IV.Dosage and Administration A. Lithium is given in divided doses. Bid dosing with a slowrelease formula is recommended. The starting dose for most adults is 300 mg bid-tid. The average dose rage is 900-2100 mg/day. B. Single-daily dosing can be used if the daily dose is less than 1200 mg/day. Divided doses cause less GI upset and tremor. C. Upward titration of lithium should occur until a serum level of 0.8-1.2 mEq/L is obtained. Some patients on long-term maintenance can be managed at lower serum levels between 0.5-0.8 mEq/L. D. Serum lithium levels can be obtained after five days at any given dosage. Serum levels should be drawn 12 hours after the previous dose and are usually measured in the morning before the AM dose. Serum levels should be monitored weekly for the first 1-2 months, then biweekly for another 2 months. A patient who has been stable on lithium for a year can be monitored every 3-4 months. E. Therapeutic Response: Therapeutic effect may take 4-6 weeks. True prophylactic effect may take >2 months. F. Pregnancy and Lactation: Pregnancy category D. Lithium should not be administered to pregnant women in the first trimester when it is associated with an increased incidence of birth defects, especially Ebstein’s anomaly. After the first trimester, lithium treatment may be initiated on a risk-benefit basis. Breastfeeding is contraindicated.
V. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Side Effects: The most common side effects are GI distress, weight gain, fine tremor, and cognitive impairment (“fuzzy thinking”). Nausea, vomiting and tremor can be alleviated by dividing the dose, taking it with food or switching to a slowrelease preparation. Small doses of propranolol (eg, 10 mg bid-tid) can reduce or eliminate tremor. B. Renal: Polyuria with secondary polydipsia occurs in 20%. Lithium-induced diabetes insipidus may be treated with the diuretic, amiloride (5-10 mg/day). Renal function should be monitored. C. Thyroid: Hypothyroidism may occur, which may be treated with levothyroxine. Monitor TSH several times per year. D. Cardiovascular: Cardiovascular side effects include T-wave flattening or inversion and, rarely, arrhythmias, which usually require discontinuation. Edema may respond to spironolactone 50 mg/day or a reduction of the lithium dose. E. Dermatological: Side effects include rash and acne, which may respond to dose reductions. Acne can be treated with benzoyl peroxide and topical antibiotics. Lithium can induce or exacerbate psoriasis, which usually resolves after discontinuation of lithium. Alopecia will also respond to discontinuation of lithium. F. Hematologic: A benign leukocytosis can occur with lithium. No treatment is indicated, but infection should be excluded. G. Neurologic: Muscle weakness, fasciculations, clonic movements, slurred speech and headaches have been reported. These symptoms may subside with time. H. Lithium Toxicity 1. Toxicity may be caused by reduced fluid intake, increased fluid loss (excessive sweating) or reduced salt intake. 2. Symptoms of lithium toxicity include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, coarse tremor (in contrast to the fine tremor seen at therapeutic doses). Ataxia, headache, slurred speech, confusion, arrhythmias may also occur. 3. Mild-to-moderate toxicity occurs at 1.5-2.0 mEq/L. Severe toxicity occurs at levels over 2.5 mEq/L. Death may occur at levels >4.0 mEq/L. VI.Drug Interactions A. The most common cause of drug interactions is a change in the renal clearance of lithium. B. Medications that decrease lithium levels include: 1. Xanthines (theophylline, aminophylline, caffeine). 2. Increased dietary sodium and sodium bicarbonate (antacids). 3. Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (acetazolamide). 4. Osmotic diuretics (mannitol). C. Medications that increase lithium levels and increase the risk of toxicity include diuretics, NSAIDS, COX-2 inhibitors, metronidazole and ACE-inhibitors. D. Neurotoxicity is a frequent consequence of lithium toxicity. Medications that will enhance the risk of lithium neurotoxicity include methyldopa, typical antipsychotics, carbamazepine, phenytoin and calcium channel blockers. Close monitoring for symptoms of neurotoxicity is recommended. Symptoms of neurotoxicity include tremor, disorientation, confusion, ataxia, and headaches. E. The action of neuromuscular-blocking agents, especially succinylcholine, will be prolonged by lithium. Prolonged recovery from electroconvulsive therapy, often requiring ventilatory assistance, may occur. Lithium should be discontinued prior to electroconvulsive therapy.
Olanzapine-Fluoxetine Combination (OFC, Symbyax) I. Indications. FDA indication for bipolar depression. II. Pharmacology A. Please refer to discussions of olanzapine and fluoxetine. B. Preparations (olanzapine/fluoxetine): 6/25, 6/50, 12/25, 12/50 mg capsules. III. Clinical Guidelines A. The action or efficacy of OFC is equal to other atypical/SSRI combinations. B. Some patients may prefer taking only one tablet. IV.Dosage and Administration A. Use of OFC is guided by the same principles that would apply when using olanzapine and fluoxetine separately. V. Adverse Drug Reactions A. The most common side effects associated with OFC are asthenia, edema, increased appetite, somnolence, tremor and weight gain. B. Please refer to the discussion of olanzapine and fluoxetine for further discussion of side effects. References, see page 109.
Anticonvulsants Anticonvulsants are primarily used for the treatment of bipolar disorder. Anticonvulsants are replacing lithium as a first-line treatment in acute mania and the long-term prophylaxis of mood episodes in bipolar disorder. One hypothesis underlying the prophylactic action of anticonvulsants in bipolar disorder is based on the theory of kindling, whereby repeated subthreshold stimulation of a neuron will eventually result in the spontaneous firing of the neuron. Anticonvulsants are more effective than lithium in the treatment of rapid-cycling and mixed bipolar states. They are also useful for impulse control disorders, treatment-resistant depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and other disorders with impulsive, unpredictable and/or aggressive behavior. Some newer anticonvulsants, such as pregabalin, tiagabine and levetiracetam are being studied for the treatment of bipolar disorder, but experience is very limited.
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) I. Indications A. Carbamazepine is used for the treatment of the acute manic phase of bipolar disorder and for maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder. It may be used alone or in combination with lithium. It is more effective than lithium in treating rapid-cycling bipolar disorder and mixed episodes. B. Carbamazepine is more effective in the treatment and prophylaxis of manic episodes than the depressed episodes of bipolar disorder. When treating the depressed episode of bipolar disorder with an antidepressant, carbamazepine treatment should be monitored to prevent an antidepressantinduced manic episode or rapid cycling. C. Carbamazepine is also used in the treatment of cyclothymia and schizoaffective disorder. It is used with antipsychotics and/or lithium in schizoaffective disorder. D. Carbamazepine augmentation of antipsychotic medication can be useful in patients with schizophrenia when there is inadequate response to antipsychotics alone. It is particularly helpful for aggressive or impulsive behavior. E. Carbamazepine may be helpful in treating certain impulse control disorders, such as those seen in patients with developmental disabilities. It may also be helpful to reduce symptoms of impulsivity and affective instability in patients with severe personality disorders. Carbamazepine may augment antidepressant treatment in depressed patients who are treatmentresistant. II. Pharmacology A. The mechanism of action of carbamazepine in psychiatric disorders is unknown. B. Carbamazepine is metabolized by the liver (CYP3A4). The metabolites of carbamazepine are excreted renally. Carbamazepine will induce its own metabolism, and serum levels tend to decrease with time, requiring an increase in the dosage. Initially, the half-life can be 25-65 hours. After several weeks, the serum half-life can decrease to 12-17 hours. C. Preparations: 100, 200 mg tablets; 100 mg/5 mL oral suspension; 100 mg chewable tablets; 100, 200, 300, 400 mg extended-release tablets. III.Clinical Guidelines A. Pre-Carbamazepine Work-Up 1. Non-psychiatric causes of mood disorder or manic symptoms, including medical disorders, medications and substances of abuse should be excluded before beginning carbamazepine treatment. 2. Screening labs should include a basic chemistry panel, CBC, and an ECG in patients over 40 years old or with preexisting cardiac disease. Pregnancy should be excluded in women of childbearing age. B. Carbamazepine should not be given to patients with preexisting liver, cardiac, or hematological disease. Carbamazepine is not recommended for patients with renal dysfunction because it has active metabolites that are renally excreted. C. If carbamazepine is used in patients who have not responded to lithium, the carbamazepine should be added to the drug regimen with lithium. If the patient responds, the lithium should be discontinued. D. Dosage and Administration 1. Starting dose is 200 mg bid. The average dose range is 600–1200 mg/day. The dosage should be reduced by onehalf in the elderly. 2. A dosage increase, especially when initiating treatment, can cause a proportionally larger increase in serum level; therefore, the dosage should not be increased by more than 200 mg/day at a time. 3. Carbamazepine should be titrated to a serum level of 8-12 :g/mL. Serum carbamazepine levels should be obtained after five days at a given dosage. Serum levels should be
drawn 12 hours after the previous dose, usually in the morning before the AM dose. 4. Serum levels should be monitored weekly for the first 1-2 months, then biweekly for another 2 months. Carbamazepine will induce its own metabolism, decreasing the serum level. The dosage may need to be increased in order to maintain a serum level within therapeutic range after initial stabilization. 5. A patient who has been stable on carbamazepine for a year can be monitored every 3-4 months. CBC and liver function, electrolytes and renal function should be checked after one month, then quarterly for the first year. E. Therapeutic Response: Therapeutic effect may take 2-4 weeks. F. Pregnancy and Lactation: Pregnancy category D. Carbamazepine is contraindicated during pregnancy or lactation. There is an association between use of carbamazepine in pregnancy and congenital malformations, including spina bifida. IV. Adverse Drug Effects A. Side Effects: The most common side effects are GI complaints (nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite) and CNS complaints (sedation, dizziness, ataxia, confusion). These can be prevented or significantly reduced by increasing the daily dosage slowly. B. Hematological 1. Carbamazepine may cause life-threatening thrombocytopenia, agranulocytosis, and aplastic anemia in 0.005% of patients. Patients should contact their physician immediately if they have signs of infection (fever, sore throat) or bleeding abnormality (easy bruising, petechiae, pallor). A CBC should be drawn immediately. Carbamazepine should be discontinued if the WBC declines to less than 3000 mm3, absolute neutrophil count 2 times the upper limit of normal. F. Therapeutic Response: 3-4 weeks. G. Pregnancy and Lactation: Pregnancy category B. IV. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Side Effects: The most common side effect is insomnia, which may resolve over time; however, dose reduction may be necessary. B. Hepatic: Liver enzymes and hepatic failure may occur. If biweekly monitoring reveals elevated liver enzymes, the drug should be discontinued. C. CNS: Tremor, headache, irritability, precipitation of tics and Tourette’s syndrome, decreased seizure threshold and, rarely, psychosis. D. GI: Loss of appetite and weight loss, which tends to be transient and usually resolves after the first few months of treatment. E. Minimal effect on cardiovascular status occurs, particularly in comparison to Dexedrine and methylphenidate. F. Toxicity/Overdose: Symptoms include nausea and vomiting, psychomotor agitation, tremor, hyperreflexia, sweating, headache, tachycardia, hypertension, confusion, and hallucinations. V. Drug Interactions. Decreased seizure threshold has been reported when pemoline is given with anticonvulsants. References, see page 109.
Substance Dependence Management of Substance Dependence I. Management of Substance Dependence A. Alcohol Dependence/Withdrawal: Prolonged use of large amounts of alcohol leads to dependence and withdrawal upon discontinuation. Withdrawal can be fatal if the patient develops delirium tremens and subsequent electrolyte abnormalities or cardiac arrhythmias. Benzodiazepines, such as lorazepam and chlordiazepoxide, are used to prevent withdrawal symptoms. B. Alcohol Relapse: Disulfiram and naltrexone are used to help prevent relapse once a patient has been detoxified. These agents should be used in conjunction with a behavior modification program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Acamprosate is a new medication that is effective in maintaining abstinence. Some early trials suggest topiramate may be useful. C. Opioid Dependence/Withdrawal: Opioid withdrawal is characterized by nausea, emesis, stomach cramps, diarrhea, sweating, rhinorrhea, anxiety, muscle cramps, bone pain, and severe craving. Detoxification with methadone can alleviate the withdrawal syndrome. Clonidine is also helpful in reduction of withdrawal, but is not as effective as methadone. Adjunctive prochlorperazine (5-10 mg PO/IM q 6-8hr prn) is given for nausea/emesis; dicyclomine (20 mg PO q6hr) is given for stomach cramps or diarrhea; ibuprofen (600 mg po q6hr prn) is given for muscle or bone pain; and methocarbamol (500750 mg q6hr prn) can help during the initial days of detoxification. D. Nicotine Dependence: Sustained-release bupropion has been approved for smoking cessation. Up to 50% of patients taking bupropion will achieve abstinence from tobacco after 12 weeks of treatment. This rate is twice the rate of placebo. Success of bupropion is increased by combining bupropion with a smoking cessation program. Rimonabant (Acomplia) represents a new class of cannabinoid receptor (CB1) antagonists. The endogenous cannabinoid system may participate in the motivational and dopamine-releasing effects of both nicotine and ethanol and therefore represents a new therapeutic target. Studies are ongoing. E. Sedative/Hypnotic Withdrawal: Marked withdrawal symptoms can occur with abrupt discontinuation of sedative/hypnotic medications. F. Psychostimulant Abstinence Syndrome: Discontinuation of psychostimulants such as amphetamines, methylphenidate, and cocaine can produce fatigue, depression, hypersomnia, and irritability. Treatment usually consists of supportive care. Benzodiazepines can be used to treat irritability.
Acamprosate (Campral) Category: Acamprosate is a synthetic compound with a chemical structure similar to homotaurine. Mechanism: The exact mechanism of action is unknown. It may interact with glutamate and GABA neurotransmission. Indications: Maintenance of alcohol abstinence. Preparations: 333 mg tablets. Dosage: 666 mg po TID, 333 mg po TID if renal impairment present. Half-Life: 20-33 hours. Clinical Guidelines: Efficacy in patients who currently abuse other substances has not been demonstrated. Adverse Drug Reactions: The most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, insomnia, asthenia, depression and anxiety. Drug Interactions: Acamprosate does not inhibit cytochrome enzymes.
Buprenorphine (Subutex, Suboxone) Category: Synthetic opioid. Mechanism: Buprenorphine is a partial agonist at the mu-opioid receptor and an antagonist at the kappa-opioid receptor. Indications: Treatment of opioid dependence. I. Preparations: A. Suboxone: Sublingual tabs with buprenorphine 2 mg/naloxone 0.5 mg or buprenorphine 8 mg/naloxone 2 mg. B. Subutex: 2 or 8 mg sublingual tablets of buprenorphine. II. Dosage: A. Induction: Induction should occur under physician supervision. Subutex should be used for induction when signs of withdrawal are present. To avoid precipitating withdrawal, patients may be given 8 mg of Subutex on day one and 16 mg of Subutex on day two. On day three and thereafter, Suboxone at a dosage of 16 mg per day is recommended. B. Maintenance: Suboxone is preferred for maintenance because it contains naloxone. The recommended target dose of Suboxone is 16 mg per day. Titration to the target dose
should be accomplished by increasing the dosage by 2-4 mg per day, to suppress opioid withdrawal symptoms. The range is between 4-24 mg per day. C. Half-Life: 37 hours for buprenorphine; 1.1 hours for naloxone. III. Clinical Guidelines A. In order to prescribe buprenorphine, clinicians need to be board-certified in addiction psychiatry or addiction medicine or have completed an approved 8-hour training course in the management of opioid dependent patients. B. Subutex should be administered at least 4 hours after use of heroin or other short-acting opioids. It should ideally be administered when early opioid withdrawal signs appear. C. There in minimal experience with transferring patients on methadone maintenance to buprenorphine, and withdrawal symptoms may occur during induction. D. Suboxone is preferred to Subutex for maintenance due to the inclusion of naloxone. II. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Respiratory and CNS depression can occur with buprenorphine, especially if used intravenously. The risk of respiratory depression, including possible death, is increased if buprenorphine is combined with alcohol, benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants. Caution should be used in patients with compromised respiratory function (eg, COPD). B. Buprenorphine produces opioid dependence. Withdrawal symptoms will occur if the drug is abruptly discontinued. The naloxone in Suboxone can cause marked opioid withdrawal if used intravenously or sublingually by opioid dependent patients. C. Buprenorphine may cause hepatocellular injury. Cases of hepatic failure, hepatic encephalopathy and other hepatic disease have been reported. Liver enzymes should be measured at baseline and periodically during treatment. D. Allergic reactions, characterized by rashes, hives, and pruritis may occur. Bronchospasm, angioneurotic edema and anaphylactic shock have been reported. Hypersensitivity to naloxone is a contraindication to Suboxone. II. Drug Interactions A. CYP3A4 inhibitors, such as ketoconzaole, erythromycin and protease inhibitors increase the plasma levels of buprenorphine, and a decrease in the dosage of Subutex or Suboxone may be required. B. CYP3A4 inducers, such as carbamazepine and St. John’s wort, may decrease plasma levels, and a higher dosage of buprenorphine will be required. C. There have been several reports of coma and death in patients taking both buprenorphine and benzodiazepines, often after self-injection of crushed buprenorphine. Therefore, buprenorphine should be used with caution in patients taking benzodiazepines or other sedative-hypnotics. D. Suboxone and Subutex tablets should be placed under the tongue until dissolved because swallowing reduces bioavailability.
Clonidine (Catapres, Catapres-TTS) I. Pharmacology A. Category: Antihypertensive agent. B. Mechanism: Alpha-2-adrenergic receptor agonist. C. Indications: Used for opioid withdrawal. It may also be used adjunctively for other withdrawal syndromes, such as alcohol or sedative/hypnotic withdrawal, to dampen noradrenergic symptoms. D. Preparations: 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 mg tablets; clonidine TTS patch 2.5 mg/ 3.5 cm2 (0.1 mg/day), 5.0 mg/ 7.0 cm2 (0.2 mg/day), 7.5 mg/ 10.5 cm2 (0.3 mg/day). E. Dosage 1. Opioid withdrawal: 0.1-0.2 mg po bid-qid with 0.1 mg q4hr prn (max 2.4 mg/day) or use a TTS patch along with po prn. 2. Methadone withdrawal: 0.1-0.2 mg PO bid-tid. F. Half-Life: 12-16 hr. II. Clinical Guidelines A. Clonidine reduces the autonomic signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal. It does not have an effect on craving. B. Abrupt cessation of clonidine can lead to rebound hypertension, which can be fatal in rare instances. It should be tapered gradually over several days when discontinuing use. C. Use caution in patients with a history of cardiac disease or Raynaud’s Syndrome. D. Clonidine patches are designed to deliver the equivalent of 0.1 mg, 0.2 mg or 0.3 mg per day over one week. Patches should be changed weekly if necessary. II. Adverse Drug Reactions: Hypotension, sedation, and dizziness may be severe. Fatigue, dry mouth, nausea, constipation, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, anxiety, depression, photophobia, rash and weight gain may occur. III. Drug-Drug Interactions A. Potentiates the sedation associated with alcohol, barbiturates, and other sedative/hypnotics.
B. Tricyclic antidepressants inhibit the hypotensive effects of clonidine. C. Antihypertensive agents increase the hypotensive effects of clonidine.
Disulfiram (Antabuse) I. Pharmacology A. Category: Aldehyde dehydrogenase inhibitor. B. Mechanism: Leads to elevated levels of acetaldehyde with subsequent toxic effects. C. Indications: Alcohol dependence. D. Preparations: 250, 500 mg tablets. E. Dosage: 250-500 mg qhs. F. Half-Life: 60-120 hr. II. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Sedation, fatigue, headaches, acne, impotence, rash, metallic aftertaste, and irritability are relatively common. These side effects usually disappear during the first few weeks of treatment. B. Hepatotoxic effects can occur, and disulfiram should not be used in patients with pre-existing liver disease. C. Peripheral neuropathy, optic neuritis, and psychosis are rare complications of treatment. D. If alcohol is consumed, patients will usually experience flushing, headache, nausea, vomiting, dyspnea, thirst, diaphoresis, hypotension, palpitations, chest pain, anxiety, blurred vision and confusion. E. In severe reactions, respiratory depression, arrhythmias, heart failure, seizures and death may occur. Treatment of a disulfiram-alcohol interaction consists of supportive therapy. The disulfiram-alcohol reaction may occur for up to 14 days after discontinuing disulfiram. II. Clinical Guidelines A. The combination of disulfiram with an alcohol recovery program decreases the risk of relapse. Patients must be motivated to stop drinking, otherwise, they usually stop taking the drug or drink while taking it. B. Use caution in patients with a history of renal or hepatic disease, CNS disorder, hypothyroidism or over age 50. Baseline liver function tests and an ethanol level are recommended. C. Periodic monitoring of liver function tests is advised. Warn patients about dietary and over the counter preparations that may contain alcohol, such as cough medication. Disulfiram is contraindicated in patients with severe cardiovascular or pulmonary disease. III. Drug Interactions A. Isoniazid may cause ataxia and mental status changes. B. Metronidazole may precipitate psychosis. C. Disulfiram may increase levels of diazepam, paraldehyde, phenytoin, tricyclic antidepressants, anticoagulants, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and anticoagulants.
Methadone (Dolophine, Methadose) I. Pharmacology A. Category: Synthetic opioid. B. Mechanism: Opioid receptor agonist. C. Indications: Detoxification and maintenance treatment of opioid addiction. Methadone can only be prescribed for treatment of opioid addiction in a federally approved treatment center. The drug may be continued if the patient is hospitalized for another reason. D. Preparations: 5, 10 mg tablets; 10 mg/mL solution. E. Dosage 1. Detoxification: For short-term use (21 days maximum), the initial dosage is 10-20 mg po on the first day. Increase by 5-10 mg per day over the next few days, up to 40 mg per day in a single or divided dose. Maintain at this dosage for 2-5 days and then decrease by 5 mg qod. 2. Maintenance: Treatment with methadone after 21 days is considered maintenance. A dosage of 40-80 mg is usually effective in preventing relapse. F. Half-Life: 24-36 hr. II. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Methadone produces tolerance along with physiological and psychological dependence. Tolerance to the euphoric effects may lead to overdose. Overdose can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular depression, coma and death. B. The most common adverse reactions include sedation, nausea, emesis, dizziness, sweating, constipation, euphoria or dysphoria, dry mouth, urinary retention and depression. II. Clinical Guidelines A. Use caution in patients with a history of respiratory disease, hepatic or renal abnormalities, seizure disorder or head injury. B. Women who conceive while on methadone should continue taking the drug; however, the newborn will require medical care for withdrawal symptoms.
III. Drug Interactions A. CNS depressants can potentiate the effects of alcohol, sedative/hypnotics, other narcotics, general anesthetics and tricyclic antidepressants. B. Desipramine may increase desipramine concentrations. C. Carbamazepine may lower plasma levels of methadone. D. MAOIs: The combination of an MAOI and meperidine and fentanyl have led to fatalities.
Naltrexone (Revia) I. Pharmacology A. Category: Opioid antagonist. B. Mechanism: Antagonist of opioid receptors. C. Indications: Alcohol dependence (reduces craving) and opioid dependence (blocks euphoric effects of alcohol). D. Preparations: 50 mg tablets. E. Dosage 1. Alcohol craving: 50 mg/day. 2. Opioid abuse: Start with 25 mg on first day; then 50 mg/day. F. Half-Life: 13 hrs (including active metabolite). II. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Naltrexone may precipitate acute opiate withdrawal in patients who are still using opiates. Nausea is the most common adverse effect, which is minimized by starting with 25 mg qod or administering with food. Other adverse effects include insomnia, headache, anxiety, fatigue, dizziness, weight loss and joint and muscle pain. B. Naltrexone may cause hepatocellular injury when given in excessive dosages. It is contraindicated in patients with significant liver disease. Liver enzymes should be monitored. II. Clinical Guidelines A. Naltrexone decreases the euphoria associated with alcohol consumption when used in combination with an alcohol treatment program. It reduces craving, and there are fewer relapses. Naltrexone also lowers consumption of alcohol if a patient relapses. B. The utility of naltrexone in opiate-dependent patients is more controversial. Some heroin dependent patients will attempt to use high dose of heroin in order to overcome the Mu receptor blockade. This can lead to accidental overdose and death by respiratory depression. C. Pregnancy category C. III. Drug Interactions A. Patients who are currently using opioids will experience withdrawal due to the antagonist effect of naltrexone. If continued opioid use is suspected, a naloxone challenge may be given, and the patient is observed for signs of opiate withdrawal. Patients should be opioid free for at least 14 days before initiation of naltrexone. B. Naltrexone will block the analgesic effects of opioids, and greater than average doses of analgesics may be needed for pain relief. C. Disulfiram and naltrexone should not be combined because of the hepatotoxic potential of both of these agents.
Bupropion (Zyban) I. Pharmacology A. Category: Unicyclic aminoketone antidepressant. B. Mechanism: Bupropion may alter dopaminergic and noradrenergic neurotransmission. C. Indications: Smoking cessation. D. Preparations: 150 mg sustained-release tablets. E. Dosage: 150 mg qod for several days, then increase dosage to 150 mg bid F. Half-Life: 4-21 hr. II. Clinical Guidelines: Bupropion is generally well tolerated. Efficacy compared to nicotine patches or gum is unknown. III. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Most common side effects: Dry mouth, insomnia, dizziness, and arthralgias. B. Seizures: Rate of seizures at doses up to 300 mg/day is 0.1%. Bupropion is contraindicated in patients with a history of seizures, head trauma, brain tumor or who are taking medications that significantly lower seizure threshold. Avoid use in patients with anorexia or bulimia because of possible electrolyte imbalances leading to seizures. C. Mania: Bupropion can precipitate mania or rapid cycling and should be used with caution in patients with bipolar disorder. D. Use caution in patients with hepatic, renal or cardiac disease. E. Neuropsychiatric: In depressed patients, bupropion has been associated with psychosis and confusion. These symptoms abate with reduction or discontinuation of the medication. F. Pregnancy: Category B.
IV.Drug Interactions A. Enzyme Inducers: Enzyme-inducing agents, such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin, may induce lower plasma bupropion levels. B. Cimetidine may inhibit the metabolism of bupropion, leading to higher plasma levels. C. Although bupropion is not metabolized via CYP2D6, it is a 2D6 inhibitor. Caution should be used when co-administering bupropion with other drugs metabolized by 2D6, such as quinidine or oxycodone. References, see page 109.
Cognitive Enhancers I. Indications: Reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and NMDA receptor antagonists are used for the treatment of cognitive impairment associated with early Alzheimer’s disease. II. Pharmacology A. Cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer’s disease is thought to be caused by deficiency of cholinergic neurotransmission. Cholinesterase inhibitors result in increased synaptic concentrations of acetylcholine. B. While these drugs do not alter the overall course of the disease, they can prolong functional status in demented patients early in the course of the disease while there are still sufficient numbers of cholinergic neurons present. C. Memantine has a unique mechanism of action (NMDA receptor antagonist) and may work by decreasing glutamate medicated excitoxicity. III. Clinical Guidelines A. These medications improve cognitive performance in patients with mild- to-moderate dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. Prior to treatment, patients should undergo a medical examination to rule out treatable causes of dementia. B. Cognitive function should be evaluated using standardized testing (eg, mini-mental status exam) prior to treatment and periodically thereafter to provide an objective measure of treatment response. Improvement of 1-2 points on the minimental status exam can be observed in patients with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. Mild-to-moderate disease is defined on the mini-mental status exam as a score between 10-26. C. Clinical studies indicate that improvement is temporary. Decline often is evident by 30 weeks. The rate of decline appears to be slower with acetylcholinesterase inhibitor treatment. D. Tacrine was the first acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, but it has essentially been replaced by newer medications which do not carry the risk of hepatoxicity. IV. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Due to increased cholinergic activity, gastric acid secretion can be increased, resulting in increased risk of ulcer development. B. Other predictable adverse effects caused by the cholinergic mechanism of action include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, weight loss, dizziness, syncope, and bradycardia. These tend to be dose related and can also be minimized slowly titrating the dose upward. C. Cholinomimetics may reduce seizure threshold, and exacerbate obstructive pulmonary disease. D. Tacrine is associated with liver toxicity.
Donepezil (Aricept) I. Indication: Mild-to-moderate dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. Donepezil does not have the potential for hepatotoxicity associated with Tacrine. II. Pharmacology A. Class: Piperidine B. Mechanism: Reversible selective acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. C. Metabolism: Half-life is 70 hours; hepatic metabolism through CYP2D6 and 3A4 hepatic isoenzymes, followed by glucuronidation. D. Preparations: 5, 10 mg tablets. III. Clinical Guidelines A. The 10 mg dose is associated with a higher incidence of side effects, but may be more effective. B. May cause syncope and exacerbate bradycardia; betablockers should be avoided or given at reduced doses. IV. Adverse Drug Reactions: Most common are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, muscle cramps, fatigue and anorexia, which often resolve with continued treatment.
Galantamine (Reminyl) I. Indications: Treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s dementia. II. Pharmacology A. Class: Tertiary alkaloid. B. Mechanism: Reversible, competitive acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. C. Half-Life: Approximately 7 hours. D. Preparations: 4, 8 and 12 mg tablets; 4 mg/mL oral solution. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Dosage and Administration: The recommended starting dose is 4 mg bid, increasing to 8 mg bid (16 mg/day) after 4 weeks of treatment. A further increase to 12 mg bid (24
mg/day) may be attempted after a minimum of 4 weeks at the previous dose. The recommended therapeutic dose for most patients is 16-24 mg/day. B. Pregnancy and Lactation: Category B IV.Adverse Drug Reactions: Bradycardia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, weight loss, dizziness, syncope. Side effects tend to be cause by the cholinergic mechanism of action and are dose related. V. Drug Interactions A. Galantamine is metabolized via CYP2D6 and CYP3A4; therefore, inhibitors of either of these cytochrome enzymes will reduce galantamine clearance. Paroxetine (2D6), erythromycin, nefazodone (3A4) and ketoconazole (2D6, 3A4) are inhibitors of these cytochrome enzymes. B. No clinically significant effects on digoxin levels or prothrombin time (in patients receiving warfarin) have been noted.
Rivastigmine (Exelon) I. Indications: Mild-to-moderate dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. II. Pharmacology A. Class: Phenyl carbamate. B. Mechanism: Reversible selective acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. C. Metabolism: Rivastigmine is metabolized and eliminated by the kidneys. Because the dose is adjusted based on tolerability, adjustments in renally impaired patients are not always necessary. D. Half-Life: 1.5 hours. E. Preparations: 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6 mg capsules; 2 mg/mL oral solution. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Dosage 1. Initial Dosage: 1.5 mg bid, after 2 weeks increase to 3 mg bid. 2. Maintenance Dosage: 3 mg bid may be effective. The dose can be increased if necessary to 4.5 mg bid, and then to 6 mg bid at two week intervals if required and if tolerated. May be given with food to reduce GI side effects. IV.Adverse Drug Reactions A. Most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, anorexia, headache, abdominal pain and sedation. B. Rivastigmine has more peripheral effects than donepezil, which may result in more gastrointestinal side effects.
Tacrine (Cognex) I. Indications: Mild-to-moderate dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. Tacrine can be hepatotoxic and is infrequently used. II. Pharmacology A. Class: Acridine B. Mechanism: Reversible non-specific cholinesterase inhibitor (inhibits both acetyl and butyl cholinesterase, increasing occurrence of systemic side effects). C. Metabolism: 1. Extensive hepatic metabolism, principally by CYP 1A2 isoenzyme. 2. Smoking reduces tacrine levels by induction of the 1A2 isoenzyme. 3. Women develop blood levels 50% higher than men. D. Preparations: 10, 20, 30, 40 mg capsules. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Serum liver function (ALT) should be monitored every two weeks for the first 4 months of treatment. If elevation is three times normal, the dose should be reduced. Elevations of more than five times normal, bilirubin above 3 mg/dL, hypersensitivity or jaundice require immediate discontinuation. B. Dosage 1. Initial Dosage: 10 mg qid. After four weeks, the dose is increased to 20 mg qid. Daily dose is raised in 40-mg increments every four weeks to 120-160 mg/day. 2. Maintenance Dosage: 120-160 mg/day in divided doses or qid. 3. Tacrine should be administered at least one hour before meals because food impairs absorption. IV.Adverse Drug Reactions A. Elevation of serum transaminases is the most frequent side effect (30%). This elevation appears to be reversible if tacrine is discontinued. B. Other side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, agitation, anorexia, and confusion.
Memantine (Namenda) I. Indications: Moderate-to-severe dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. II. Pharmacology
A. Class: Dimethyladamantane. B. Mechanism: Memantine is an noncompetitive antagonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor. It reduces glutamate mediated excitotoxicity. C. Metabolism 1. The majority of memantine is excreted unchanged in the urine. 2. Memantine undergoes little if any metabolism via the cytochrome P450 enzyme system. 3. There are no active metabolites. 4. No dosage adjustment is required for patients over 65 years of age. D. Half-Life: 60-80 hours. E. Preparations: 10, 20, 30, 40 mg tablets. III. Clinical Guidelines A. Dosage: 5 mg PO q AM, then increase by 5 mg/week using BID dosing up to 10 mg PO bid. B. Memantine does not have the undesirable side effects associated with cholinesterase inhibitors. C. Cognitive improvement in patients with dementia treated with memantine is modest. Memantine may be used in conjunction with an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor to produce greater efficacy than either agent alone. D. Animal models suggest it may have neuroprotective benefits. IV.Adverse Drug Reactions A. Memantine is fairly well tolerated. Side effects include dizziness, headache and constipation in a small proportion of patients. V. Drug Interactions A. Memantine does not significantly interact with CYP450 enzymes. B. Cimetidine, ranitidine, procainamide, quinidine and nicotine use the same renal cationic transport system and may increase blood levels of memantine. C. Co-administration of NMDA antagonists (amantadine, ketamine, dextromethorphan) should be avoided. Such combinations could result in development of psychosis. D. The actions of dopaminergic agonists and anticholinergic agents may be enhanced by memantine. References, see page 109.
Antiparkinsonian Drugs Psychiatric Side-Effect Management I. Indications: Parkinsonian side effects are frequently encountered during treatment with typical antipsychotic agents and to a lesser degree with some of the atypical antipsychotics. Parkinsonian side effects includes tremor, rigidity, dystonias and akathisia. II. Pharmacology A. Parkinsonian side effects are thought to be mediated by blockade of nigrostriatal dopamine D2 receptors. They typically occur early after initiation of treatment with dopamine antagonists. B. Antiparkinsonian drugs fall into two major categories: 1. Anticholinergic drugs. a. Benztropine (Cogentin). b. Trihexyphenidyl (Artane). c. Biperiden (Akineton). d. Procyclidine (Kemadrin). 2. Dopamine agonists. a. Amantadine (Symmetrel). III.Clinical Guidelines A. Anticholinergic agents are frequently required when treating patients with mid- and high-potency typical antipsychotics. B. For patients being treated for the first time with mid- and highpotency antipsychotics, prophylactic treatment with an antiparkinsonian is recommended to prevent unpleasant extrapyramidal side effects. Prevention of these side effects can improve compliance with antipsychotic medication. IV. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Anticholinergic agents can cause blurred vision, dry mouth, constipation, urinary retention, tachycardia and, less frequently, hyperthermia. B. Elderly patients are more sensitive to anticholinergic agents and are at risk for developing anticholinergic induced delirium. C. Anticholinergic agents are contraindicated in patients with glaucoma, prostatic hypertrophy, myasthenia gravis, or duodenal or pyloric obstruction. Benztropine is the least sedating anticholinergic agent. D. Anticholinergic intoxication can occur if drugs with strong anticholinergic effects are combined. Confusion, agitation, hallucinations, ataxia, tachycardia, blurred vision, mydriasis, increased blood pressure, hyperpyrexia, hot and dry skin, nausea and vomiting, seizures, coma, and respiratory arrest can occur.
Amantadine (Symmetrel) I. Pharmacology A. Category: Dopamine agonist. B. Indications: Neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal symptoms. C. Preparations: 100 mg capsules; 50 mg/5 mL syrup. D. Dosage 1. Initial treatment: 100 mg bid (max 400 mg/day). Perform trial off amantadine after 4 to 8 weeks to assess the need for continued use. Taper drug when discontinuing use. E. Half-Life: 24 hours, increased in elderly. II. Clinical Guidelines A. Amantadine is useful when anticholinergics are contraindicated or ineffective. It is associated with less memory impairment than anticholinergics. B. Amantadine is less effective than anticholinergics in the treatment of acute dystonias. C. Dosage reduction is necessary in elderly or patients with reduced renal function. D. Pregnancy: Category C. II. Adverse Drug Reactions A. Nausea (common), dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, anorexia, hypotension, dizziness, anxiety, tremor, insomnia, irritability, impaired concentration, psychosis, seizure. B. Use caution in patients with a history of congestive heart failure and liver disease. C. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome has been reported with dose reduction or discontinuation of amantadine. D. Alcohol should not be used. E. Amantadine is contraindicated in patients with seizures. III. Drug Interactions A. Anticholinergics may cause potentiation. B. CNS stimulants may cause irritability, seizure, and arrhythmias. C. Thiazides may increase the level of amantadine. D. Sympathomimetics may cause potentiation.
Benztropine (Cogentin) I. Pharmacology A. Category: Anticholinergic (muscarinic receptor antagonist). B. Indications: Neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal symptoms. C. Preparations: 0.5, 1, 2 mg tablets; 1 mg/mL soln. (IM). D. Dosage 1. Acute dystonia: 1-2 mg IM (max 6 mg/day). 2. Chronic Extrapyramidal Symptoms: 1-2 mg PO bid-tid. Perform trial off benztropine in 4 to 8 weeks to determine if continued use is necessary. Taper medication over 2 weeks. E. Half-Life: 3-6 hours. II. Clinical Guidelines: Benztropine is the most widely used agent for extrapyramidal symptoms. Avoid using this medication with low-potency neuroleptics because of additive anticholinergic effects. Benztropine is contraindicated in glaucoma, prostatic hypertrophy, myasthenia gravis, duodenal or pyloric obstruction. III. Adverse Drug Reactions: Drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, nausea, weakness, confusion, constipation, urinary retention, sedation, drowsiness, depression, psychosis. IV.Drug Interactions: Combining low-potency neuroleptics, tricyclics, and over-the-counter sleep preparations with benztropine may cause anticholinergic intoxication.
Biperiden (Akineton) I. Pharmacology A. Category: Anticholinergic (muscarinic receptor antagonist). B. Indications: Neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal symptoms. C. Preparations: 2 mg tablets. D. Dosage 1. 2 mg PO bid-tid (max 6 mg/day). Perform trial discontinuation of biperiden after 4 to 8 weeks to determine if continued use is necessary. Taper medication over 2 weeks when discontinuing. E. Half-life: 4–6 hours. II. Clinical Guidelines: Avoid using this medication with low-potency neuroleptics (additive anticholinergic effects). Biperiden is contraindicated in glaucoma, prostatic hypertrophy, myasthenia gravis and duodenal or pyloric obstruction. III. Adverse Drug Reactions: Drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, nausea, weakness, confusion, constipation, urinary retention, sedation, drowsiness, depression, psychosis. IV form is associated with orthostatic hypotension. IV.Drug Interactions: Use of bepriden with low-potency neuroleptics, tricyclics, and over-the-counter sleep preparations may cause anticholinergic intoxication.
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) I. Pharmacology
A. Category: Histamine receptor (H1) antagonist, muscarinic receptor antagonist. B. Indications: Neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal symptoms, mild insomnia. C. Preparations: 25, 50 mg tablets; 25, 50 mg capsules; 10 mg/mL and 50 mg/mL soln. (IM, IV), 12.5 mg/5 mL elixir (PO). D. Dosage 1. Extrapyramidal symptoms: 25-50 mg PO Bid, for acute extrapyramidal symptoms 25-50 mg IM or IV. E. Half-Life: 1-4 hrs. II. Clinical Guidelines: Diphenhydramine is non-addicting and available over-the-counter. III. Adverse Drug Reactions: Dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, tremor, thickening of bronchial secretions, hypotension, decreased motor coordination, GI distress. IV.Drug Interactions A. The major concern about concomitant medication use with diphenhydramine is the additive effect of other sedatives and other medications with anticholinergic activity. B. MAOI use can prolong and intensify anticholinergic effects. Opiate addicts commonly add antihistamines to enhance the subjective effect of the illicit drug.
Trihexyphenidyl (Artane) I. Pharmacology A. Category: Anticholinergic (muscarinic receptor antagonist). B. Indications: Neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal symptoms. C. Preparations: 2, 5 mg tablets, 2 mg/5 mL oral solution. D. Dosage: Initially 1 mg qod, then increase to 2 mg bid-qid (max 15 mg/day). Perform trial off trihexyphenidyl in 4 to 8 weeks to determine if continued use is necessary. Taper medication over 2 weeks when discontinuing. E. Half-Life: 4-6 hours. II. Clinical Guidelines: Avoid this medication with low-potency neuroleptics because of additive anticholinergic effects. Trihexyphenidyl is contraindicated in glaucoma, prostatic hypertrophy, myasthenia gravis and duodenal or pyloric obstruction. III. Adverse Drug Reactions: Drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, nausea, weakness, confusion, constipation, urinary retention, sedation, drowsiness, depression, psychosis. May cause restlessness and euphoric symptoms. IV.Drug Interactions: Use of trihexyphenidyl with low-potency neuroleptics, tricyclics, over-the-counter sleep preparations) may cause anticholinergic intoxication.
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Selected DSM-IV Codes ATTENTION-DEFICIT AND DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR DISORDERS 314.xx Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder .01 Combined Type .00 Predominantly Inattentive Type .01 Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type DEMENTIA 290.xx Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type, With Early Onset (also code 331.0 Alzheimer's disease on Axis III) .10 Uncomplicated 290.xx Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type, With Late Onset (also code 331.0 Alzheimer's disease on Axis III) .0 Uncomplicated 290.xx Vascular Dementia .40 Uncomplicated MENTAL DISORDERS DUE TO A GENERAL MEDICAL CONDITION NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED 310.1 Personality Change Due to... [Indicate the General Medical Condition] ALCOHOL-RELATED DISORDERS 303.90 305.00 291.8 291.8
Alcohol Dependence Alcohol Abuse Alcohol-Induced Mood Disorder Alcohol-Induced Anxiety Disorder
AMPHETAMINE (OR AMPHETAMINE-LIKE)-RELATED DISORDERS 304.40 Amphetamine Dependence 305.70 Amphetamine Abuse COCAINE-RELATED DISORDERS 304.20 Cocaine Dependence 305.60 Cocaine Abuse OPIOID-RELATED DISORDERS 304.00 Opioid Dependence 305.50 Opioid Abuse SEDATIVE-, HYPNOTIC-, OR ANXIOLYTIC-RELATED DISORDERS 304.10 Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Dependence 305.40 Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Abuse POLYSUBSTANCE-RELATED DISORDER 304.80 Polysubstance Dependence SCHIZOPHRENIA AND OTHER PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS 295.xx Schizophrenia .30 Paranoid Type .10 Disorganized Type .20 Catatonic Type .90 Undifferentiated Type .60 Residual Type 295.40 Schizophreniform Disorder 295.70 Schizoaffective Disorder 297.1 Delusional Disorder 298.8 Brief Psychotic Disorder 297.3 Shared Psychotic Disorder 293.xx Psychotic Disorder Due to... .81 With Delusions .82 With Hallucinations 298.9 Psychotic Disorder NOS DEPRESSIVE DISORDERS 296.xx Major Depressive Disorder .2x Single Episode .3x Recurrent 300.4 Dysthymic Disorder 311 Depressive Disorder NOS BIPOLAR DISORDERS 296.xx Bipolar I Disorder, .0x Single Manic Episode .40 Most Recent Episode Hypomanic .4x Most Recent Episode Manic .6x Most Recent Episode Mixed .5x Most Recent Episode Depressed .7 Most Recent Episode Unspecified 296.89 Bipolar II Disorder 301.13 Cyclothymic Disorder 296.80 Bipolar Disorder NOS 293.83 Mood Disorder Due to... [Indicate the General Medical Condition] ANXIETY DISORDERS
300.01 300.21 300.22 300.29 300.23 300.3 309.81 308.3 300.02
Panic Disorder Without Agoraphobia Panic Disorder With Agoraphobia Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder Specific Phobia Social Phobia Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Acute Stress Disorder Generalized Anxiety Disorder
EATING DISORDERS 307.1 Anorexia Nervosa 307.51 Bulimia Nervosa 307.50 Eating Disorder NOS ADJUSTMENT DISORDERS 309.xx Adjustment Disorder .0 With Depressed Mood .24 With Anxiety .28 With Mixed Anxiety and Depressed Mood .3 With Disturbance of Conduct .4 With Mixed Disturbance of Emotions and Conduct .9 Unspecified PERSONALITY DISORDERS 301.0 Paranoid Personality Disorder 301.20 Schizoid Personality Disorder 301.22 Schizotypal Personality Disorder 301.7 Antisocial Personality Disorder 301.83 Borderline Personality Disorder 301.50 Histrionic Personality Disorder 301.81 Narcissistic Personality Disorder 301.82 Avoidant Personality Disorder 301.6 Dependent Personality Disorder 301.4 Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder 301.9 Personality Disorder NOS